The 28-year-old traveller was tall, with rough hands, a chiselled jaw and unforgettable, deep-set, melancholy eyes. He arrived in town, his worldly possessions in two battered suitcases, and inquired at a general store about buying some bedding. But the price was far beyond his budget. The strikingly handsome 23-year-old merchant took pity on the man and invited him into his own bed, free of charge, which happened to be just upstairs. The traveller inspected the bed and, looking into the merchant's sparkling blue eyes, agreed on the spot. For the next four years the two men shared that bed along with their most private fears and desires. Was Lincoln gay? - Academia - Salon.com Would seam so on the surface, but what would make me think twice, is back in that day, there are many things that happened, that would appear to be homoerotic, but they was anything but, due to need at the time. Your thoughts?