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Sunday, April 1, 1838.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Eliza Browning, who is the wife of State Senator Orville H. Browning, of Quincy, Illinois. Lincoln reveals mixed emotions about a failed courtship. A female friend proposed a match between Lincoln and her sister Mary S. Owens, of Kentucky. Owens, Lincoln writes, "did not look as my immagination had pictured her." Out of a sense of "honor," he resigned himself to the arrangement. Lincoln was "verry unexpectedly . . . mortified" when Owens refused his "proposal." He resolves to remain single because "I can never be satisfied with any one who would be block-head enough to have me."Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Orville H. Browning, 1 April 1838, CW, 1:117-19.