To Cyrus Wick 
My Dear Sir 12 De[ce]mber 1864
I take pleasure in acknowledgeing the receipt of your letter and poem and in thanking you for your kindness Yours very truly
 Copy, DLC-HW. The copy of Lincoln's letter was enclosed by Cyrus Wick to Herndon, January 23, 1867. Wick's poem, ``inspired by a sentiment expressed in one of his [Lincoln's] messages early in 1861 and by the scenery where his childhood was passed'' was written after Wick's regiment (Seventeenth Indiana Volunteers) had been ``encamped for several weeks on Nolin Creek one mile and a quarter from Hodgenville La Rue County Kentucky'' in November, 1862. A printed copy which Wick sent to Lincoln in November, 1864, brought Lincoln's brief acknowledgment.