Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  77

To Mrs. George W. Swift [1]

Mrs. George W. Swift Executive Mansion,
My dear Madam Washington, Oct. 26, 1864

Your complimentary little poem, asking for my autograph was duly received. I thank you for it, and cheerfully comply with your request Yours truly A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, CCamStJ; ADfS, DLC-RTL. The autograph draft is written on a letter from John Perkins, Jr., Quartermaster General's Office, October 4, 1864:

``The writer of the inclosed lines is a poetess of some reputation in Massachusetts and a lady who truly honors her President.

``Will you at a leisure moment deign to look at them, and comply with her request by presenting her your autograph.

``Mr Bates who hands you this will receive and forward it'' (DLC-RTL).

The poem by Mrs. Swift of Falmouth, Massachusetts, has not been found in the Lincoln Papers, but a copy is preserved with Lincoln's letter in St. John's Seminary.