LINCOLN, Mary Todd, First Lady. Autograph letter signed ("Mary Lincoln") to Madame Berghmans, "Executive Mansion," Washington, D.C., 22 May 1865. 2 pages, 8vo, written on pages 1 and 4 of a four-page sheet, page one with broad black mourning borders, with original black-bordered envelope addressed "Madame Berghmans, M.L."
MARY LINCOLN'S LAST DAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE
An especially poignant letter from the bereaved first lady, written on the eve of her final departure from the White House, a little over a month after the death of Abraham Lincoln: "My Dear Madame Berghmans; We leave here, tomorrow evening, yet I do not feel as if I could do so, without bidding you farewell. I go hence, a broken hearted woman, without my beloved Husband, who was every thing to me. I do not have the least desire to live."
"To think, that my poor boys, are alone left to me! If you can visit me tomorrow about three o'clock. It will be a satisfaction to see you once more. Only my extreme agony of mind, has prevented my receiving yourself & other friends. God alone knows the agony of this crushed heart. Ever affectionately yours. Mary Lincoln."
Recently discovered in the papers of the recipient's descendants in Europe; not in J.G. Turner & L.L. Turner, Mary Lincoln: Her Life and Letters, and hitherto unpublished.