179. Abner Y. Ellis to William H. Herndon
Spgfd Ills Mch. 24th 1866
In one of your letters you say you Know much about "Abes" Lincoln's courtship — marriage &c. and will tell me. I want to know all about it from beginning to end — from top to bottom — in side and outside. Come tell me
W H Herndon
I had it from good authority that after Mr L. was engaged to be Married to his wife Mary. That She a Short time before they were Married backed out from her engagement with him; He was at the time a Member of the Legeslator then in Session in your City and hur refusal to Comply actually Made Mr L. Sick and Consequently went to bed and no one was allowed to see him but his freind Josh Speed & his frend the Doctor I think Henry.
A Y L 'S
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2531; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:425 — 26