LS, RPB. This seems to have been a form letter which may have been sent to other Whig editors as well. The body of the letter is not in Lincoln's hand, but the date and salutation are partly in Lincoln's hand; the close and signatures, postscript, and envelope (addressed to the ``Editor of the Chicago American'' who was then William Stuart), are entirely in Lincoln's hand.
 In this early period Stephen A. Douglas spelled his name with the double ``s.''
 John Todd Stuart, with whom Lincoln's association in the legislature had resulted in a law partnership which lasted until April, 1841.