wrote him a letter asking him for old times'
discharge my sick boy from the army;
maybe he couldn't read it.
I went to town and had James Garber,
wrote beautifully, write him a letter;
maybe that was lost in the mails.
I traveled all the way to Washington.
was more than an hour finding the White House.
when I found it they turned me away,
their smiles. Then I thought:
well, he ain't the same as when I boarded him
he and my husband worked together
all of us called him Abe, there in Menard."
a last attempt I turned to a guard and said:
say it's old Aunt Hannah Armstrong
Illinois, come to see him about her sick boy
just in a moment they let me in!
when he saw me he broke in a laugh,
dropped his business as president,
wrote in his own hand Doug's discharge,
the while of the early days,