Clipped From The Escanaba Daily Press
Kansas City Star Publishes Three Love Letters of Abraham Lincoln Kansas City, Dec. 29— (JP )— Three love letters of Abraham Lincoln to Mary S. Owens of Kentucky, who rejected his proposal of marriage because he “was deficient in those little links which make» up the chain of a woman's happiness'* have been uncovered here and In St. Joseph, Mo., and will be published under copyright in the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Stsr. The letters are In the possession of descendants of Mary S. Owens who became Mrs. Jesse Vineyard and settled near ton. Mt. They were brought to light accidently by A. H. MacDonald of the Star staff after being lost for years to historians, who knsw of their existence but not of their whereabouts. The correspondence, in which Lincoln hold himself bound to keep his promises to Mary Owens or to release her If she did not carp to share his poverty, followed an effort by Mrs. Bennet Abel, sister of Mist Owens, to bring them together, after tbe death of Ann Rutledge, said to have been Lincoln's first love. Lincoln at the time was a member of the Illinois legislature and hie lettera to Miss Owens reveal him aa a hesitant« lover, rather awed by the brilliant girl from Kentucky. Ijonasom«* In Mprtngflrld The first of the letters, written December 13. 1836 from Vandalia, III., where the legislature was meeting, is in the possession of Mrs. Jesso J. Vineyard. Kaunas City, widow of a grandson of Mary Owens. It told of the fig lit to remove the state capitol to Springfield and Linaoln ended with a plea: “Write back as soon as you get this, and, if possible, say aome- Wes- thing thst will please me. for really I have not been pleased since I left you.’’ When the legislature adjourned In March. 1837. Lincoln, then 27 years old, moved to Springfield and set up a law office. • The next of the letters. In possession of George H. Vlneysrd. St. Joseph, Mo., banker, was written May 7, 1837, at Springfield. “I am quite as lonesome here as I ever was snywhere In my life,’’ Lincoln wrote. In part. “I have been spoken to by but one woman since I’ve been here, and should not have been by her, If she could have avoided it. . . . “I am ofteu thinking about what we said of your coming to live at Springfield. I am afraid you would not be satisfied. There is a great deal of flourishing about In carriages her**, which It would be your doom to see without sharing In It. You would have to be poor without the means of hiding your poverty. . . Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should sny ever do so, it is my intention to do sll in my power to make her happy and contented, and there ia nothing 1 can imagine, that would make me more unhappy than to fall In the effort. I know I should be much happier with you than the way I am. provided I saw no signs of discontent In you. What you have said to me may have been in jest, or I have misunderstood It. If so. then let It be forgotten; .... for my part I have already decided. What I have said I will most positively abide by, provided you wish It My opinion Is that you had better not do It, You have not been accustomed to hardship, and It may be more severe than you now imagine. I know you are capable of thinking correctly ou any subject, and . . . . (Continued op Page 11).