Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller

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Author: Alexander K. McClure

"Wuz Goin’ Ter Be ’hitched."’

"Abe’s" nephew—or one of them—related a story in connection with Lincoln’s first love (Anne Rutledge), and his subsequent marriage to Miss Mary Todd. This nephew was a plain, every-day farmer, and thought everything of his uncle, whose greatness he quite thoroughly appreciated, although he did not pose to any extreme as the relative of a President of the United States.

Said he one day, in telling his story:

"Us child’en, w’en we heerd Uncle ’Abe’ wuz a-goin’ to be married, axed Gran’ma ef Uncle ’Abe’ never hed hed a gal afore, an’ she says, sez she, ’Well, "Abe" wuz never a han’ nohow to run ’round visitin’ much, or go with the gals, neither, but he did fall in love with a Anne Rutledge, who lived out near Springfield, an’ after she died he’d come home an’ ev’ry time he’d talk ’bout her, he cried dreadful. He never could talk of her nohow ’thout he’d jes’ cry an’ cry, like a young feller.’

"Onct he tol’ Gran’ma they wuz goin’ ter be hitched, they havin’ promised each other, an’ thet is all we ever heered ’bout it. But, so it wuz, that arter Uncle ’Abe’ hed got over his mournin’, he wuz married ter a woman w’ich hed lived down in Kentuck.

"Uncle ’Abe’ hisself tol’ us he wuz married the nex’ time he come up ter our place, an’ w’en we ast him why he didn’t bring his wife up to see us, he said: ’She’s very busy and can’t come.’

"But we knowed better’n that. He wuz too proud to bring her up,’cause nothin’ would suit her, nohow. She wuzn’t raised the way we wuz, an’ wuz different from us, and we heerd, tu, she wuz as proud as cud be.

"No, an’ he never brought none uv the child’en, neither.

"But then, Uncle ’Abe,’ he wuzn’t to blame. We never thought he wuz stuck up."

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Chicago: Alexander K. McClure, "Wuz Goin’ Ter Be ’hitched.’," Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller Original Sources, accessed January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95CMG9FCE8DGKNB.

MLA: McClure, Alexander K. ""Wuz Goin’ Ter Be ’hitched."’." Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller, Original Sources. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95CMG9FCE8DGKNB.

Harvard: McClure, AK, '"Wuz Goin’ Ter Be ’hitched."’' in Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller, ed. . cited in , Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes That Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95CMG9FCE8DGKNB.