He wore a calico shirt, such as he had in the Black Hawk
war; coarse brogans, tan color; blue yarn socks and straw hat, old style, and without a band.”
His friend Ellis
attributed his shyness in the presence of the ladies to the consciousness of his awkward appearance and the unpretentious condition of his wearing apparel
It was more than likely due to pure bashfulness.
“On one occasion,” continues Ellis
, “while we boarded at the tavern, there came a family consisting of an old lady, her son, and three stylish daughters, from the State of Virginia
, who stopped there for two or three weeks, and during their stay I do not remember of Mr. Lincoln
's ever appearing at the same table with them.”
As a society man, Lincoln
was singularly deficient while he lived in New Salem, and even during the remainder of his life.
He never indulged in gossip about the ladies, nor aided in the circulation of village scandal.
For woman he had a high regard, and I can testify that during my long acquaintance with him his conversation was free from injurious comment in individual cases — freer from unpleasant allusions than that of most men. At one time Major Hill
charged him with making defamatory remarks regarding his wife.
was insulting in his language to Lincoln
who never lost his temper.
When he saw a chance to edge a word in, Lincoln
denied emphatically using the language or anything like that attributed to him. He entertained, he insisted, a high regard for Mrs. Hill