From an archive of letters written by Daniel W. Marston, formerly a captain in the 16th Maine (he had been discharged due to injuries in December 1864), to his wife regarding viewing Lincoln's body at the Buffalo funeral (April 27, 1865). Letters with first-hand accounts of seeing Lincoln's funeral, and viewing the body are quite rare and desirable.
4 pp, 5 x 8, signed "Husband" was written three days after the funeral, bold dark ink, very fine penmanship. Datelined Trenton (New York) Apr 30th 65.
"Dr Wife, I arrived here on Friday night, found my friends very glad to see me, and I anticipate a pleasant time. I arrived at Albany just after the remains of the President had left, and learning the they were to stop at Buffalo, took the first train for there, as I thought it might be interesting to witness the procession there. We arrived just as his remains were taken from the cars & witnessed the splendid reception of the group & the showy Hearse drawn by 6 white horses, handsomely decorated with black & the usual show of carriages & military bands of Marines & a great crowd of people. After viewing the remains in a hall, where it was placed on exhibition, I took the cars for the Niagara Falls & suspension bridge, where I arrived in due time, witnessing that mighty structure, & returning to the falls by first train, visiting all the wonders of our side of the River. Crossed over to the Island safe & return to Buffalo in time to see the procession leave for Cleveland, and I started 2 hours after, arriving at Cleveland in the morning, just after the procession. From there, I soon started for Cincinnati, arriving at Hamilton about 8 in the evening & took lodgings for the night at the Hamilton house. Next morning I proceeded to Trenton by rail, the nearest point to where my respected Uncle used to live, some 2 miles distant. A grandchild of his, a daughter & son (Johnny's) being there and learning a Cous[in] of his Mother was there, immediate set out for home & before I was aware he was back for me with a splendid horse & buggy, & soon was I a welcome guest of her house. She is a darling good woman and has a fine & kind husband with 3 children, 1 son like Daniel & two smaller girls. Soon after dinner Cous(in) Theodore appeared at the door with horse & buggy and I must go up to his house, where I found his wife & 4 daughters, all under 13. They are all good & just as kind and attentive as I could wish. I have not yet seen Lizzie or Kate, who are near. Kate is a widow & has 1 daughter who is married. Lizzie has no children. Sarah lives a little way off & is [in] rather poor health. The other 2 sisters live in Illinois. I have not been able to see or learn of Ashby's whereabouts, or Uncle Joe's home, but may soon. You will direct my letters to Trenton altt. I will get all that may come to Hamilton. I shall not attempt to describe the appearance of the country here, but it is surely all & more than I ever anticipated. Will say, however, that apple trees are in bloom, grass is almost knee high, & wheat is higher & everything seems growing luxuriantly and crops promise a plentiful harvest. You would be satisfied with farming here in this country. I will not attempt anything more this time. Husband
Tell Lena & Perry to send their pictures for I will exhibit Lena's torn one til I get a better one. You had better have some of yours avail too. I think sitting."
In excellent condition.
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