the testimony of her honest but ungainly suitor.
Fortunately for us and for history we have his view of the case in a series of letters which have been preserved with zealous care by the lady's family.1
The first letter was written from Vandalia
, December 13, 1836, where the Legislature to which he belonged was in session.
After reciting the progress of legislation and the flattering prospect that then existed for the removal of the seat of government to Springfield
, he gets down to personal matters by apprising her of his illness for a few days, coupled with the announcement that he is mortified by daily trips to the post-office in quest of her letter, which it seemed never would arrive.
“You see,” he complains, “I am mad about that old letter yet. I don't like to risk you again.
I'll try you once more, anyhow.”
Further along in the course of the missive, he says: “You recollect, I mentioned at the outset of this letter, that I had been unwell.
That is the fact, though I believe I am about well now; but that, with other things I cannot account for, have conspired, and have gotten my spirits so low that I feel that I would rather be in any place in the world than here.
I really cannot endure the thought of staying here ten weeks. Write back as soon as you get this, and if possible, say something that will please me; for really, I have not been pleased since I left you. ”