had scarcely mourned the death of his first wife a year until he reappeared in Kentucky
in search of another.
His admiration had centred for a second time on Sally Bush
, the widow of Daniel Johnston
, the jailer of Hardin county
, who had died several years before of a disease known as the “cold plague.”
The tradition still kept alive in the Kentucky
neighborhood is that Lincoln
had been a suitor for the hand of the lady before his marriage to Nancy Hanks
, but that she had rejected him for the hand of the more fortunate Johnston
However that may have been, it is certain that he began his campaign in earnest this time, and after a brief siege won her heart.
“He made a very short courtship,” wrote Samuel Haycraft1
to me in a letter, December 7, 1866. “He came to see her on the first day of December, 1819, and in a straightforward manner told her that they had known each other from childhood.
,’ said he, ‘I have no wife and you no husband.
I came a-purpose to marry you. I knowed you from a gal and you knowed me from a boy. I've no time to lose; and if you're willin‘ let it be done straight off.’
She replied that she could not marry him right off, as she had some little debts which she wanted to pay first.
He replied, ‘Give me a list of them.’
He got the list and paid them that evening.
Next morning I issued the license, and they were married within sixty yards of my house.”
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