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Joanna Lane's original "Lincoln Memories" letter

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    Joanna Lane's original "Lincoln Memories" letter

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    Page three of the original, handwritten "Lincoln Memories" letter by Mrs. Henry S. Lane Feb 1909

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    Many unjust criticisms have been cast upon Mrs. Lincoln while in the White House. She made a great mistake soon after going there when the newspapers reported she was to give a large ball in the East room - but Secretary Seward and other judicious advisers persuaded her to omit the dancing and have only the ordinary reception. This was early in the war and the public conscience was shocked with this appearance of levity and indifference to the weeping and wailing all around us. Mrs. Lincoln was born in Ky and had succession relatives there but she was true to her husband and country loyal to the country but unhappily could not attach women to her, was cold and unresponsive in temperament.

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    Montgomery County Historical Society

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    Joanna Lane. "Joanna Lane's original "Lincoln Memories" letter". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 3, 2022. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/828