Post by David Tenner Post by email@example.com
According to an article in National Geographic, Lincoln was friends with
James Reed in Springfield, Illinois. He considered joining the doomed
expedition but stayed behind because of Mary Todd's pregnancy. So what
if he does?
Sorry, I just don't see Lincoln relocating to the West Coast. In OTL, he
even declined an offer to become governor of the Oregon Territory--a really
tempting offer. ("Oregon will be a state beofre long,and if I am governor, I
might become its first senator" etc.) But Mary said No--didn't want to
relocate in a distant frontier--and that was that...
Yabbut that was in 1849, when the Lincolns had two
children, and the younger child, Eddie, was sickly.
(He died less than a year later.) Also, Lincoln had
won a term as U.S. Representative. In 1846, his
political career was stalled, and there was no invalid
baby to worry about. There _was_ Mary's pregnancy, but
if that was delayed a year...
OK, 1846 was the year he was elected U.S. Representative,
but I don't know when in the year that became a serious
possibility. The Donner Party set out in May from
Independence; Lincoln's friend Reed and George Donner
left Springfield on 14 April. They must have decided to
go well before that. (Eddie Lincoln was born 10 March;
and Lincoln made his decision _while_ Mary was pregnant.)
Incidentally, the U.S. declared war on Mexico on 25 April.
The real Velvet Revolution - and the would-be hijacker.