1. Creator/Author:
  2. Ball, Gideon Johnston, 1811-1886 (1)

Letter from Gideon J. Ball to Emeline Ball

Creator:
Ball, Gideon Johnston, 1811-1886
Collection:
Contemporary Correspondence
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Original:
1861
Description:
Handwritten letter, 24.5 cm, addressed to Ball's wife as 'Dear Mother,' about finishing business with the Post Office Department for a friend and Ball's wish to leave Washington to return home to his family in Erie, Pennsylvania. Ball details a levee at the White House, describes the updated decor, and shares unfavorable views of Mary Lincoln, 'rather fat & dumpy. The expression of her face is not pleasing nor does it indicate power or energy of character.' He describes Abraham Lincoln as kind and pleasant, 'fond of jokes & humor.' Includes post script about General Winfield Scott's army driving 'the traitors' away from Fairfax Court House in Virginia.
Subject:
White House (Washington, D.C.); Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Category:
Manuscripts & Documents
Format of Original:
Manuscript
Item ID:
7120151010004
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Digital File ID:
7120151010004
Available for Viewing:
By appointment only
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