She bade him good-bye, but was filled with a presentiment that she would never see him alive again.
,” he said, jovially, “if they do kill me I shall never die again.”
, another New Salem pioneer, came, and to him Lincoln
again admitted his love for the unfortunate Anne Rutledge
Cogsdale afterwards told me of this interview.
It occurred late in the afternoon.
, the secretary, had gone home, and the throng of visitors had ceased for the day. Lincoln
asked about all the early families of New Salem, calling up the peculiarities of each as he went over the list.
Of the Rutledges he said: “I have loved the name of Rutledge
to this day. I have kept my mind on their movements ever since.”
Of Anne he spoke with some feeling: “I loved her dearly.
She was a handsome girl, would have made a good, loving wife; she was natural, and quite intellectual, though not highly educated.
I did honestly and truly love the girl, and think often of her now.”
Early in February the last item of preparation for the journey to Washington
had been made.
had disposed of his household goods and furniture to a neighbor, had rented his house; and as these constituted all the property he owned in Illinois
there was no further occasion for concern on that score.
In the afternoon of his last day in Springfield
he came down to our office to examine some papers and confer with me about certain legal matters in which he still felt some interest.
On several previous occasions he had told me he was coming over