February 12, 1852


Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

ca. 1858

Feb 1852

Thursday 12th Had a number of calls quite early

Augustus Edwin & August[a] came to look at

the engravings and I began to think I never

should get the room in order.  This afternoon Oliver

hung the pictures.  Augusta came in and we called 

on Mrs J Wms about Olivers shirts that she is making

and at Augustus.  Mrs Lake called.  William returned home.

William Leonard Ames, brother of Oakes and Oliver Jr., “went home to day”*after a ten-day visit. William had most likely stayed with his sister Sarah Ames Witherell and father, Old Oliver, in the other part of the house. Yet today was the first day that Evelina mentioned his presence, suggesting, as before, that relations between Oakes and William were cool.  The men had had a parting of the ways over the demise of William’s iron company, and William had migrated to Minnesota.

Another person considerably west of North Easton was former U.S. Representative Abraham Lincoln who turned 43 today. He was practicing law. He had recently declined the offer of the Governorship of Oregon, and was beginning to settle back into a life away from politics. Future events – most notably, the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 and his ongoing opposition to slavery – would reinvigorate his interest.

Evelina, meanwhile, concentrated on hanging her new engravings in the parlor, and showed them off to her nephews. She also checked on the status of some shirts she had ordered sewn for Oliver (3).

*Oliver Ames Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection


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