Petersburg, Ills. Novr. 12. 1856
Dear Sir Yours of the 8th. inclosing the forged article ``From the New-York Tribune'' published in the Menard Index, was received yesterday. Although the getting up of the thing was intended to deceive, and was very malicious and wicked, I do not think much could be made by exposing it. When you shall have exposed it, they will then say they merely meant it as a ``take off'' and never intended it to be understood as genuine. If you had a local paper there to simply denounce it as a forgery, that would be well enough; but I doubt whether anything else can be done with it, to advantage.
I am truly glad you are determined to fight on. In the next struggle I hope we shall be able to pull together. Let us all try to make it so. Yours Respectfully A. LINCOLN---