Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Stephen A. Hurlbut [1]

DEAR SIR: WASHINGTON, July 10., 1848.

I send you herewith a prospectus, and the first number of a new Whig Paper called THE BATTERY, publishing in this city, with a view to promote the election of Gen. ZACHARY TAYLOR to the Presidency, and MILLARD FILLMORE to the Vice Presidency of the United States. I respectfully request you to obtain subscribers for the paper in your immediate vicinage. Please send a list of names, and the amount that will be due according to the terms proposed, and I will see that the subscribers get their papers through the mail. As a general dissemination of this paper will, it is believed, be of high importance to the success of the Whig cause, permit me to solicit an immediate attention to the subject.

Friend Hurlbut [2]

Your letter of a recent date was duly received. I could think of no better way of fitting you out, than by sending you the Battery, the first number of which, together with the prospectus, I send by this mail. If it strikes you as giving promise of being a good campaign paper, please get as many subscribers as you can and send them on. I have put you down for one copy, the subscription for which I will pay myself, if you are not satisfied with it. Yours truly



[1]   ALS, RPB. Of this printed form letter, only the numeral ten in the date line and the portion beginning ``Friend Hurlbut'' are in Lincoln's hand.

[2]   Stephen A. Hurlbut was a Whig of Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois.