Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DLC. Mary Speed was the daughter of John Speed by his first wife, and a half sister to Joshua.

[2]   Lincoln visited Joshua Speed from early August to the middle of September, at the Speed plantation in Jefferson County, Kentucky, near Louisville, called Farmington.

[3]   Joshua returned with Lincoln and stayed until the first of the year.

[4]   Probably Louisville, Kentucky.

[5]   The future wife of Joshua Speed.

[6]   Since Lincoln's reference seems to imply a child, this is probably the two-year-old daughter of Joshua's younger sister Susan Fry Speed Davis. However, Mary's own younger sister (also a child of John Speed's first wife) was named Eliza Davis Speed.

[7]   An ``Oxford'' Bible.

[8]   Inquiry among descendants of the Speed family elicits the possibility that Lincoln refers to Emma Keats who married Joshua's younger brother Philip. This would account for Lincoln's use of quotation marks to set off the name. Emma Keats was a daughter of George Keats, the brother of the poet John Keats.

[9]   Mrs. Peachy Walker Speed Peay (wife of Austin Peay), Joshua's older sister.