290. Thompson Ware McNeely to William H. Herndon.
Petersburg, Ills Nov 12th 1866
I have talked with Bennett
They say that they learned from the people — the immediate associates & friends of Mr Lincoln that he had been insane — that his Mind had been shaken — that disappointed love was the cause — Her name Miss Rutledge — It was then talked of as a part of the history of the men of the town. The extent of his insanity was such that men were then occasionally talking of it & still remembered by them.
Lincoln — Old Maj Hill & McNamer
If you will write to Z C Ingram — St Louis, you can get much valuable information. He is the man of whom Ed L.
T W McNeely
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2743; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:435