would suggest them, as if “to celebrate a grief which lay with continual heaviness on his heart.”
There is no question that from this time forward Mr. Lincoln
's spells of melancholy became more intense than ever.
In fact a tinge of this desperate feeling of sadness followed him to Springfield
He himself was somewhat superstitious about it, and in 1840-41 wrote to Dr. Drake
, a celebrated physician in Cincinnati
, describing his mental condition in a long letter.
responded, saying substantially, “I cannot prescribe in your case without a personal interview.”
Joshua F. Speed
, to whom Lincoln
showed the letter addressed to Dr. Drake
, writing to me from Louisville
, November 30, 1866, says: “I think he (Lincoln
) must have informed Dr. Drake
of his early love for Miss Rutledge
, as there was a part of the letter which he would not read.”
It is shown by the declaration of Mr. Lincoln
himself made to a fellow member1
of the Legislature within two years after Anne Rutledge
's death that “although he seemed to others to enjoy life rapturously, yet when alone he was so overcome by mental depression he never dared to carry a pocket knife.”
It may not be amiss to suggest before I pass from mention of McNamar
that, true to his promise, he drove into New Salem in the fall of 1835 with his mother and brothers and sisters.
They had come through from New York in a wagon, with all their portable goods.