Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  381

To Robert M. Ewing [1]

R. M. Ewing, Esq. Springfield,
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---

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi. At this time Robert M. Ewing was a schoolteacher living at Petersburg. In later years he edited the Public Reaper and the DeWitt County Republican at Farmer City and Clinton, Illinois.