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William H. Herndon, Jesse William Weik, Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, Etiam in minimis major, The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln by William H. Herndon, for twenty years his friend and Jesse William Weik 2 2 Browse Search
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bered Anne well, says, She was amiable and of exquisite beauty, and her intellect was quick, deep, and philosophic as well as brilliant. She had a heart as gentle and kind as an angel, and full of love and sympathy. Her sweet and angelic nature was noted by every one who met her. She was a woman worthy of Lincoln's love. This is a little overstated as to beauty — Greene writes as if he too had been in love with her — but is otherwise nearly correct. Miss Rutledge, says a lady Mrs. Hardin Bale. who knew her, had auburn hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. She was pretty, slightly slender, but in everything a good hearted young woman. She was about five feet two inches high, and weighed in the neighborhood of a hundred and twenty pounds. She was beloved by all who knew her. She died as it were of grief. In speaking of her death and her grave, Lincoln once said to me. My heart lies buried there. Before narrating the details of Lincoln's courtship with Miss Rutledge, it is p
e crowd who saw her then was impressed with her beauty. Years afterwards, in relating the incident, L. M. Greene. 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. A lady friend Mrs. Hardin Bale. says she was handsome, truly handsome, matronly-looking, over ordinary size in height and weight. A gentleman Johnson G. Greene. who saw her a few years before her death describes her as a nervous, muscular woman very intellectual, with a forehead massive and angular, square, prominent, and broad. At the time of her advent into the society of New Salem she was polished in her manners, pleasing in her address, and attractive in many ways. She had a little dash of coquetry in