519. William Jayne to William H. Herndon.
Springfield, Ill., August 17th 1887
Your letter received — I should have replied at an earlier date but delayed to give you the information asked — James H Matheney & Beverly Powell were the gentlemen who stood up at the Lincoln & Mary Todd wedding — My sister Julia M Jayne was one of the Bridesmaid — but the other lady was I cannot say — Jim Matheny does not remember. I have seen Ninian Edwards — neither he or his wife, Mrs Lincoln's sister — can remember.
Mr and Mrs Edwards, knew nothing of the wedding until the morning of the day of the wedding. Only meager preperations could be made on so — short notice & only a few friends were present — the company present was quite limited in numbers.
Mrs Lincoln at the time of her marriage was a bright, lively, plump little woman — a good talker, & capable of making herself quite attractive to young gentlemen
625— Fifteen & twenty years after marriage she became fleshy & stout in personal appearance —
The last year of her life — she was in poor health & lost flesh — when I last looked upon her upturned face when she was laid out in her coffin, I thought she looked, (save the difference of years) much as she did when I knew her so well in her girlhood days.
In her size, color & general look — she bore my memory back 35 years.
Mrs Lincoln was a woman of quick intellect & strong passions — decided in her friendships & intense in her dislikes — my own acquantance with her was pleasant & is kindly impressed on my memory
In her young days my Sister & She were very close friends — their intimacy continued until the election of my Sisters husband to the US Senate,
I have no photograph of my sister at the time of the wedding.
I have a very good Small Sized photograph taken about 1860 or 1862 My Sister died in 1868 at the age of 44. If a photograph of that day would be of service to you — I could Send that one — but if Sent — it must be taken care of & returned to me without fail as it is the only one I have.
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3388, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3935