|U.S. Senator (Michigan) Isaac Peckham Christiancy|
|Galveston (TX) Daily News, Jan. 31, 1877|
|Birds eye view of the city of Lansing, Michigan 1866. Library of Congress|
In an act of apparent cunning, Lillie then wrote him a letter in which she claimed to have interpreted his compliment as a marriage proposal. Alarmed, Christiancy tried to talk her out of marriage, owing to the discrepancy in their ages, but the enterprising Ms. Lugenbeel insisted it didn’t matter. The aging Senator finally consented to a wedding, fearing his “careless flattery” would lead to a suit for breach of promise.
|Rosine et le Docteur. 1876. Etching. Published in Paris à l'eau-forte|
Had the leaning spire of the Metropolitan Church suddenly fallen, crashing out the last discord of its chimes, it would have never startled so much as the announcement of Senator Christiancy’s marriage. The old gentlemen has moved about so like a shadow, drooping his head in deep meditation, sitting quietly at his desk during the hours of Senatorial work, and never once suggesting to any observer that in that slender frame there could be any hiding place for romantic ideas. But when Senator Christiancy returned from the holiday recess, fate sent him to procure rooms at Mrs. Choate’s, on Indiana Avenue. Rooming in the same house was a demure little Dolly Dimple of a damsel, with innocent blue eyes, fair hair, wavng back from a fairer forehead, and a general suggestiveness of petability… – The Portsmouth [Ohio] Times, Feb. 19, 1876
|Atlanta Constitution, February 23, 1876|