Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

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A Second Family

Eliza todd had been dead less than six months when sometime around Christmas 1825, Robert Todd accomplished the necessary. He proposed to and was accepted by Elizabeth Humphreys. Soon after their understanding, Elizabeth left on a long visit to New Orleans, and throughout the following year Robert pressed his claim: "As your feelings in this matter are involved I am determined to be regulated by your decision, but at the same time trust that the period will not be more remote than the one named, nor our marriage postponed one moment longer than you may deem absolutely necessary. I hope it is not necessary to tell you that my situation is irksome." Off to New Orleans went letters and presents, including a miniature of his recent portrait by Lexington's acclaimed artist Matthew Jouett. "This remembrance," wrote Todd, "is a small testimonial of my sincere regard for you," intended, though he did not say so, as a constant reminder of their engagement. 1

Although Elizabeth Humphreys had grown up in Frankfort, she knew all about the Lexington Todds and


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