Mary Lincoln to James Orne

Title

Mary Lincoln to James Orne

Description

Desperate to resolve her pecuniary situation, Mary Lincoln appeals to wealthy Republican benefactor James Orme: "Dear Mr. Orne, will you, in your great goodness, ascertain as you have the means of doing, whether the services of my great & good husband, will be recognised, by his country. The silence so far, regarding some relief for me in Congress -- is very painful to me. Will you forgive the liberty I have taken & inform me, when you receive this, candidly what expectations, I may have "

Creator

Lincoln, Mary Todd

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1870-02-02

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

300111
T1870.02.02

Transcription

Frankfurt A Maine Feb 2nd 1870

Hon James H Orne:

My dear Sir:

When I explain my reason for writing this note upon your kind notice, with my impression of your great nobleness of heart, I feel assured, you will excuse the liberty I am taking.

Mrs Orne has frequently written to me, during the winter and has invariably assured me of

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of the interest you are taking regarding Congressional action in my behalf. As you are doubtless aware, she is now in Italy & I have not heard from her since her arrival there. The details of my situation regarding pecuniary matters, would be too painful for me to write to you, from dear Mrs Orne, who in her kindness & sympathy, has proved an angel of light to me,I dare say, you have

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heard exactly, in what manner I am compelled to live---both at home & abroad. Between my great sorrow, & humiliating surroundings, separated from a devoted husband; who always provided so comfortably & even luxuriously for me, you can imagine that the great change, is crushing me to the earth. The anxiety too, regarding what Congress will do for me---where it is so much required---has completely undermined my health, so much so---that the physician who has been attending upon me,


has urged me to go South. Alas, alas, it would be a sad story to reveal to him, that the wife of the man, whose life was so sacrificed in his country's service, has not the means to leave the place, where she now is. Dear Mr Orne, will you, in your great goodness, ascertain as you have the means of doing, whether the service of my great & good husband, will be recognised by his country. The silence so far, regarding, some relief for me in Congress - is


[written vertically across page 1] very painful to me. Will you forgive the liberty I have taken & inform me, when you receive this, candidly what expectations I may have. Words cannot express, my fearfully trying position, at [present?]

I remain, most respectfully,

Mrs A Lincoln

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

paper and ink
4 p
20 x 14 cm

Citation

Lincoln, Mary Todd, “Mary Lincoln to James Orne,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed November 20, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/8197.