though only remaining a month, she lingered long enough to make an impression on Lincoln
; but returned to Kentucky
and did not reappear in New Salem till 1836.
Meanwhile Anne Rutledge
had died, and Lincoln
's eyes began to wander after the dark-haired visitor from Kentucky
differed from Miss Rutledge
in early education and the advantages of wealth.
She had received an excellent education, her father being one of the wealthiest and most influential men of his time and locality.
A portion of her schooling was obtained in a Catholic convent, though in religious faith she was a Baptist.
According to a description furnished me by herself she “had fair skin, deep blue eyes, and dark curling hair; height five feet, five inches; weight about a hundred and fifty pounds.”
She was good-looking in girlhood; by many esteemed handsome, but became fleshier as she grew older.
At the time of her second visit she reached New Salem on the day of the Presidential election, passing the polls where the men had congregated, on the way to her sister's house.
One man in the crowd who saw her then was impressed with her beauty.
Years afterwards, in relating the incident,1
he wrote me:
She was tall, portly, had large blue eyes and the finest trimmings I ever saw. She was jovial, social, loved wit and humor, had a liberal English education, and was considered wealthy.
None of the poets or romance writers have ever given us a picture of a heroine so beautiful as a good description of Miss Owens in 1836 would be.