American Autograph Shop Catalog, March, 1939, No. 101. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's endorsement was written on a letter from Samuel D. Lockwood, Batavia, Kane County, Illinois, December 6, 1864. The conclusion of Lockwood's letter is reproduced as follows:
`` . . . I feel fully conscious that heavier burden's & responsibilities neverPage 180 rested on the mind and heart of any man, but I sincerely hope & believe, that you will come out of them all with an untarnished reputation & the complete establishment for our Country of the Glorious principle enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, `That all men are created equal.' If such shall be the result of your sacrifices & labours, no man need ever aspire to a more glorious or a more benificent reputation. May God grant it.
``Please excuse this hasty scrawl. Ill health & cramp in my hand forbid my revising or copying it.''