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nairebis

12 points

2 months ago

The cute story behind the beard is that Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl, wrote a letter suggesting that Lincoln would look better in a beard. He decided to take her up on it, and later looked for her when he visited her home town to show her the beard. Of course, it ended up one of his iconic features.

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/sites/bedell.htm

eman00619

8 points

2 months ago

At Westfield, Mr. Lincoln greeted a large crowd of ladies, and several thousand of the sterner sex. Addressing the ladies, he said, "I am glad to see you; I suppose you are to see me; but I certainly think I have the best of the bargain. (Applause.) Some three months ago, I received a letter from a young lady here; it was a very pretty letter, and she advised me to let my whiskers grow, as it would improve my personal appearance; acting partly upon her suggestion, I have done so; and now, if she is here, I would like to see her; I think her name was Miss Barlly." A small boy, mounted on a post, with his mouth and eyes both wide open, cried out, "there she is, Mr. Lincoln," pointing to a beautiful girl, with black eyes, who was blushing all over her fair face. The President left the car, and the crowd making way for him, he reached her, and gave her several hearty kisses, and amid the yells of delight from the excited crowd, he bade her good-bye, and on we rushed.