384. Frances Todd Wallace (William H. Herndon Interview).
[1865 — 66]
Mrs. Doct Wm Wallace — (Mrs Lincoln Sister —
I Came to Ills in 1836 or 7 — was maried in 1838. — Sent for Mrs Lincoln at that time. My husband & myself boarded at an old tavern — opposite of the Episcopal church. Mary married in 1842 — Came to the same house — was Kept by Saunders — or Mrs _______ at that time — house now as then — no improvements that I Know of. I then moved to a house 3 doors South of Doct Helms
486Shakespear that way: he was a sad man — an abstracted man — have gone over to his house many times — talked with my sister — Lincoln would lean back — his head against the top of a rocking Chair — sit abstracted that way for moments — 20 — 30 minutes — and all at once burst out in a joke — though his thoughts were not on a joke — Mr nor Mrs Lincoln loved the beautiful — I have planted flowers in their front yard myself to hide nakedness — ugliness &c. &c. have done it often — and often — Mrs L never planted trees — Roses — never made a garden, at least not more than once or twice —
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3982 — 83; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:88 — 89