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  • On June 11, 1850, Lincoln wrote to Nathaniel Hay, a Springfield contractor, describing a brick retaining wall he wanted built: "I wish to build a front fence, on a brick foundation, at my house. I therefore shall be obliged, if you will, as soon as possible, deliver me brick of suitable quality, and sufficient number to build such a foundation, fifty feet long; of proper width, and depth, under ground, and about two feet above ground." This im... more
    On June 11, 1850, Lincoln wrote to Nathaniel Hay, a Springfield contractor, describing a brick retaining wall he wanted built: "I wish to build a front fence, on a brick foundation, at my house. I therefore shall be obliged, if you will, as soon as possible, deliver me brick of suitable quality, and sufficient number to build such a foundation, fifty feet long; of proper width, and depth, under ground, and about two feet above ground." This improvement reflected the Lincolns' increasing prosperity and their desire to maintain a pleasant home for themselves and their children. Life for Mary at Eighth and Jackson was largely devoted to housekeeping and the raising of children. When Lincoln was home, he chopped wood, lit the fires in the morning, brushed the horse, milked the cow, and sometimes stopped at the market on his way home from work. How we learn about communities; Antebellum Society and the Civil War. 16 History. less
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