Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Wm Butler Esq Sir Vandalia, Jany. 26. 1839

Yours of the 22nd. is duly received. Are you not ashamed of writing such a letter as that? If you believe the charges you make to be true, I say most flatly you are a fool. If you do not believe them, I do not see the necessity of your making them; they are not the sort of jokes that I Incline tamely to take. This is a short letter, but it is longer than one having so little truth, or reason or justice as yours, deserves as an answer. Yours with all proper respect.

E. D. BAKER