Newly revealed letters shed light on President Lincoln's widow

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Newly revealed letters written by Abraham Lincoln's widow in the months after the president's assassination show her frantic mindset as she grappled with enormous debts.

Three letters written by Mary Lincoln and her son Robert were donated Saturday to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Only an incomplete portion of 1 of the letters had ever been published. The rest is new to historians.

The letters were donated by descendants of Wall Street banker Benjamin Sherman, who helped raise around $11,000 to support the Lincoln family after the president's death.

Also donated to the museum was a ledger showing contributions from hundreds of people nationwide.

In one letter, Mary Lincoln tells Sherman she is humiliated to think she and her children are "destined, to be forever, homeless."

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