and influential than Lincoln
, and that he should supplant the latter in the affections of the proud and aristocratic Miss Todd
is not to be marveled at. He was unremitting in his attentions to the lady, promenaded the streets arm-in-arm with herfrequently passing Lincoln
— and in every way made plain his intention to become the latter's rival.
There are those who believe this warm reciprocation of young Douglas
' affection was a mere flirtation on Mary Todd
's part, intended.
to spur Lincoln
up, to make him more demonstrative, and manifest his love more positively and with greater fervor.
But a lady relative who lived with Lincoln
and his wife for two years after their marriage is authority for the statement coming from Mrs. Lincoln
herself that “she loved Douglas
, and but for her promise to marry Lincoln
would have accepted him.”
The unfortunate attitude she felt bound to maintain between these two young men ended in a spell of sickness.
, still hopeful, was warm in the race, but the lady's physician,--her brother-in-law,--Dr. William Wallace
, to whom she confided the real cause of her illness, saw Douglas
and induced him to end his pursuit,1
which he did with great reluctance.
If Miss Todd
intended by her flirtation with Douglas
to test Lincoln
's devotion, she committed a grievous error.
If she believed, because he was ordinarily so undemonstrative, that he was without