292. Mary Owens Vineyard to William H. Herndon.
Weston, Mo. November 16th 1866.
Yours of the second instant, has been received, and the explanation accepted. My husband was a native Kentuckian, a gentlemen of education, and superior intellect; his pursuits were agricultural. We were married in Green County Ky. March thirty-nine. In a former letter, I said something about a message Mr. Lincoln once sent me, by my Sister; Upon reflection, I was mistaken in the time, it was the fall after I left Illinois, which was in April thirty eight. Notwithstanding your flattering notice of my qualications as a writer, you will have the goodness to excuse me, if I decline attempting such a letter as you request at my hands. Time was, when writing was both natural and easy, for me to accomplish, but within the past four years, there has been so much trouble and care pressed upon me, that it has become quite a task, to attempt, even an ordinary letter; besides it would require a more graphic pen than mine, to describe the manners, customs, Sayings and doings, in and around New Salem, at the time of which you speak. Since our correspondence, scenes, and circumstances (which have for years slumbered) came
400looming up in the distance, and stand out in bold relief. When you have done with Mr. L's letters, please return them, and as you are a Kentuckian, give me an assurance that all of mine are destroyed, and I will be content.
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