Copies of this letter were lithographed and mailed out by Lincoln with date line and salutation added to suit. Copies dated September 8 are extant as follows: to Ed. Lawrence (owned by D. F. Nichols, Lincoln, Illinois); to Harrison Maltby (DLC-HW); to Rev. E. Roberts (owned by Arch W. Roberts, North Hollywood, California); to Thomas Hull IHi; to Luther Hill (Williams Hill). One of the many others who received copies was John Kirkpatrick of Logan County, who published the letter together with his reply of September 26 in the Logan County Democrat, whence it was widely copied in the opposition press. Numerous other copies bearing later dates indicate that Lincoln continued to send the letter throughout September and October.
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