Concerning Samuel D. Lockwood 
Judge Lockwood, the writer, is one of the best men in the world.
Dec. 24, 1864.
 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.''