Mary Lincoln, Autograph Letter, Signed
Mary Lincoln Seeks the Comfort of an Old Friend
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Mary Lincoln writes and signs this Autograph Letter to a friend she met at a resort in the Allegheny mountain range, east of Pittsburgh. The local chamber of commerce says Lincoln stayed there at one time. A quick search of Lincoln Day-by-Day does not confirm that. We do know Mary did. The town of Cresson is about 125 miles northeast of Gettysburg.
Mary had met Mrs. Slataper at the Cresson Springs health resort, where she and Tad spent some time in June 1868. Slataper was the wife of a well-to-do civil engineer from Pittsburgh, who was occupying a cottage at the resort with her young son, Daniel – who was such a boon to Tad as a companion, that the mothers formed an attachment to one another.
When Slataper returned home, an intimate correspondence sprang up between them, spanning three years duration. The two never saw each other again, but Mary, wrote to Eliza Slataper.
July 13, n.y.
My Dear Mrs. Slataper, I wrote you a note a week since directed to Cresson Springs, Pa. urging you, from the depths of an agonized bereaved heap to come to me if only for a day or two.
I have been prostrated by illness — & by o the grave alone can soften. Could you not pass the 15th with me. With a world of love – believe me your deeply attached friend.
I have just received a letter from my son, who lefet (sic) here by order of his physician, being so ill & woo out. He will not return before next Saturday – come, come to me.
Tad Lincoln died on July 15, 1871. Perhaps Mary was suffering because it was so near the anniversary of his passing; and fond memories of her time in Cresson inspired the letter.
Mary Lincoln. Autograph Letter, signed.