during damp, stormy days, under the belief that dark and gloomy weather might produce such a depression of spirits as to induce him to take his own life.
His condition finally became so alarming, his friends consulted together and sent him to the house of a kind friend, Bowlin Greene
, who lived in a secluded spot hidden by the hills, a mile south of town.
Here he remained for some weeks under the care and ever watchful eye of this noble friend, who gradually brought him back to reason, or at least a realization of his true condition.
In the years that followed Mr. Lincoln
never forgot the kindness of Greene
through those weeks of suffering and peril.
In 1842, when the latter died, and Lincoln
was selected by the Masonic lodge
to deliver the funeral oration, he broke down in the midst of his address.
“His voice was choked with deep emotion; he stood a few moments while his lips quivered in the effort to form the words of fervent praise he sought to utter, and the tears ran down his yellow and shrivelled cheeks.
Every heart was hushed at the spectacle.
After repeated efforts he found it impossible to speak, and strode away, bitterly sobbing, to the widow's carriage and was driven from the scene.”
It was shortly after this that Dr. Jason Duncan
placed in Lincoln
's hands a poem called “Immortality.”
The piece starts out with the line, “Oh!
Why should the spirit of mortal be proud.”
's love for this poem has certainly made it immortal.
He committed these lines to memory, and any reference to or mention of Miss Rutledge