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

To Elijah C. Middleton [1]

Mr. E.C. Middleton Executive Mansion,
Dear Sir. Washington, Dec. 30, 1864.

Your picture presented by Mr. Lutz is, in the main, very good. From a line across immediately above the eye-brows, downward it appears to me perfect. Above such line I think it is not so good,---that is, while it gives perhaps a better fore-head, it is not quite truePage  192 to the original. If you were present I could tell you wherein, but I can not well do so on paper. The next best thing I suppose would be to carefully study a photograph Yours truly A LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, NN. No communication from Elijah C. Middleton has been found, but his firm (Middleton, [Hines] Strabridge & [D. C.] Fabronius) were lithographers at Cincinnati, Ohio, who published a chromolithograph of Lincoln in the autumn of 1864. Mr. Lutz has not been identified.