Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Love is eternal
Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln.
"Murder in Miniature" is set in the fictitious town of Lincoln Point, California, loosely placed somewhere between Mountain View and Palo Alto. Lincoln Point came about because I got a little tired of keeping track of potholes and one-way streets in the real cities that are the settings of my periodic table mysteries. I thought it would be easier and fun to make up a city.
It is fun, but not necessarily less work.
Once I chose the name of the town, I opened the door to hours of research on Abraham Lincoln, his life and times. It has been a pleasure to read Doris Kearns Goodwin as well as every Lincoln URL I can find. One site leads to another and I found myself this Valentine's week wondering what kind of courtship Lincoln had with Mary Todd. (I may also have been inspired by Ann Parker's nineteenth century courtship blogs on theladykillers.typepad.com.)
On again/off again for Mary and Abe, it seems, but they were married in Springfield, Illinois in November of 1842. The morning before the wedding, Mr. Lincoln is said to have told his minister, "I want to get hitched tonight." He was made to wait a day, however, so that proper arrangements could be made.
Abraham gave Mary a gold wedding ring engraved with the words "Love Is Eternal." The words for the ring exchange: "With this ring I thee endow with all my goods, chattels, lands, and tenements."