549. Sarah Rickard Barret to William H. Herndon.
Connors Kan. Augt 3d 1888.
Yours of the 20th ultimo is before me and as an old friend I will answer the question Propounded to me.
Mr. Lincoln did Propose marriage to me in the winter of 1840 and 41, as was his costom he brings quotations from the Bible how [know?] but Sarah will become Abrahams wife. My reasons for refusing his Proposal was that I was young only 16 years old and had not thought much about matrimony. I had the highest Regard for Mr Lincoln and he seemed allmost like an older Brother being as It were one of my Sisters family
Yours in friendship
Sarah A Barret
In April last I wrote you about this matter through my Brother John Rickard and supposed you had Recieved It.
You can make any use of this letter you wish.
Will be willing to furnish You any Information in my Possession in regard to Mr Lincoln life.
S. A B.
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