From all accounts she was a pretty girl with dark curly hair.
She stood five feet, five inches tall, weighed about 150 pounds, and was considered to be a good catch by many of the New Salem bachelors in 1836.
She offered to trust him for the other two dollars, but Lincoln told her he didn’t want to feel indebted so he got dressed and left.
The humor and sentiment is definitely Lincoln’s, and Herndon didn’t have any reason to lie to Weik about the story.
They spent their first two years together living at the Globe Tavern at Springfield.
He was away much of the time riding the circuit as a frontier lawyer.
As a result she was forced to take care of the Lincoln home and children on her own.
By today’s standards that could be considered a prima facia case, but frontier life presented a different set of challenges from today.
Doris Kearns in her book noted that it was common for lawyers and judges riding the circuit in Lincoln’s time to share a bed. Looked at from the standards of his day, Lincoln’s bunking with Joshua Speed when he first arrived in Springfield wasn’t all that unusual.