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Thursday, May 18, 1843.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to his friend, Joshua F. Speed, of Kentucky, and relates details about domestic matters, including the upcoming birth of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's first child. Lincoln writes, "We are not keeping house; but boarding at the Globe tavern, which is very well kept now by a widow lady of the name of [Sarah] Beck. Our room . . . and boarding only costs four dollars a week. . . . I reckon it will scarcely be in our power to visit Kentucky this year. Besides poverty, and the necessity of attending to business, those 'coming events' I suspect would be some what in the way." Abraham Lincoln to Joshua F. Speed, 18 May 1843, CW, 1:323-25.