|Tombstone of Henry Hoag(e) - Alabama Center Cemetery, Alabama, NY|
AND NOW THE SNIPPET:
Reuben testified that Polly told him, “She was anxious to see Matthew Bardwell and wanted him to carry on [the shoe shop]. She said she was sorry that Matthew did not come to see Henry before his death. Said Henry told her Bardwell should work up the leather.”
Within only four hours after her husband’s death, Polly’s only thoughts were of Matthew. After catching his wife in bed twice with this man, it is doubtful Henry would have desired to see Matthew while drawing his last breaths of life; it would be equally hard to believe that Matthew would want to speak to the dying husband of his former mistress.
No one in town knew, however, that Henry had caught Polly and Matthew in bed together.
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