Letter from Apr. 15, 1865

Joseph A. Wheelock to Kate French Wheelock

  • Full Title

    Note from Joseph A. Wheelock to his wife, Kate French Wheelock, upon hearing news of Lincoln's death

  • Description

    A short, personal note from Joseph Albert Wheelock, a journalist in Saint Paul, to his wife Kate French Wheelock, commenting on the assassination of President Lincoln. It reads: "My darling, If you have tears prepare to shed them now Weep - Weep - Weep for the Slain of the daughters of my people." The envelope with it is just as interesting: "Father's note to Mother when Lincoln was assassinated. Mr. Colgrave told me that he was with Father when the news came - and that he staggered across the room sank down and burst into tears."

  • Transcription

    My darling, If you have tears prepare to shed them now Weep - Weep - Weep for the Slain of the daughters of my people.

  • Source

    Joseph A. Wheelock and Family Papers, 1719, 1756, 1803 - 1906. P334, box 4, Minnesota Historical Society

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    Joseph Albert Wheelock. "Note from Joseph A. Wheelock to his wife, Kate French Wheelock, upon hearing news of Lincoln's death". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed April 20, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/189