184. Mentor Graham (William H. Herndon Interview)
April 2d 1866
Knew Miss Owens always — my Cousin — Kew her in Illinois about 1834 & 36 — Knew her from a child in Ky — Abe Lincoln & Miss Owens: she was about 28 in Ills — black Eye over medium size — hair black — symmetrical face — features roundish — tolerably fresh — good natured, Excellent disposition — about 150 &c — 5-4 inches — 6 — She was a very intellectual woman — well educated — and well raised — free and social — beautiful & Even teeth — gay and lively — mirthfullness predominant — billious temperament. She came to Ills I think after Miss Rutledge: She was here twice: She has Some of Lincoln's letters now. Her Mind was better cultivated than Miss Rutledge: She now says that though opposed to Abe & his ads, Still he was one of the best and Most honest men she Ever Knew — She dressed neatly — gaudily never, though she Could well have afforded it.
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2540; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:63 — 64