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February 15, 2005 |

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We love the show very much and have enjoyed it in person as well (in NYC). However, we were listening the other day and you mentioned that Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln had lost four sons in childbirth. That is not accurate!

They did have four sons:

Edward — died in infancy (not childbirth).
Willie — died in 1862 (12 years old).
Thomas "Tad" — died in 1871 (17 years old).
The oldest son, Robert Todd, was born in 1843 and died in 1926 (at 82 years old).

Nancy Price
Hackensack, N.J.

Nancy, I don't recall saying that but on the odd chance that I did, am glad to be corrected. It's nerve-racking doing this show and occasionally, under the intense pressure, one speaks untruths. In private life, I am honest as the day is long, which, in early February, is not as long as it could be, but that's another matter.

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