194. James H. Matheny (William H. Herndon Interview).
(May 3d. 1866)
James H. Matheny
That Lincoln and himself in 1842 were very friendly — That Lincoln came to him one evening and Said — Jim — "I shall have to marry that girl." Matheny Says that on the Same Evening Mr & Mrs Lincoln were married — That Lincoln looked and acted as if he was going to the Slaughter — : That Lincoln often told him directly & indirectly that he was driven into the marriage — Said it was Concocted & planned by the Edwards family — : That Miss Todd — afterwards Mr's Lincoln told L. that he was in honor bound to marry her — : That Lincoln was crazy for a week or so — not knowing what to do — : That he loved Miss Matilda Edwards and went to see her and not Mrs Lincoln — Miss Todd.
Matheny further Says that soon after the race — the political friendly race between Baker
Matheny further says — he remembers L in 1837 — 8.9 &c often quote Burns — quoted Holy Willies prayer with great pleasure: That it was L religion: That during 1842 he though that L would Commit Suicide. Mr remembers L's old office up stairs above the Court Room — a small dirty bed — one buffalo robe — a chair and a bench — L would lounge in it all day reading — "abstracting" — "glooming"&&c — Curious Man — good Man — Mind Equal to any occasion — always rose So — Seemed Equal to the occasion —
L wrote out and published the Tailor Trial Case of circumstantial evidence about 1857.
Mrs Lincoln often gave L Hell in general — Says the Baker
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2559 — 60; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:492 — 93