Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Jas. Shields, Esq. Tremont, Sept. 17, 1842.

Your note of to-day was handed me by Gen. Whiteside. [2] In that note you say you have been informed, through the medium of the editor of the Journal, [3] that I am the author of certain articles in that paper which you deem personally abusive of you: and without stopping to enquire whether I really am the author, or to point out what is offensive in them, you demand an unqualified retraction of all that is offensive; and then proceed to hint at consequences.

Now, sir, there is in this so much assumption of facts, and so much of menace as to consequences, that I cannot submit to answer that note any farther than I have, and to add, that the consequence to which I suppose you allude, would be matter of as great regret to me as it possibly could to you. [4] Respectfully,

A. LINCOLN.