ALS, NRU. Thurlow Weed had written Lincoln on March 4:
``The sour Weather has spoiled the Celebration, so I send you my Badge. It is prettily got up, though with by no means a flattered reflext of our President. . . .
``The reply to the Committee of Congress, informing of your re-election, is not only the neatest but the most pregnant and effective use to which the English Language was ever put.'' (DLC-RTL).
No letter of Weed mentioning the Second Inaugural Address has been found, and it seems probable that Lincoln misread or misrecollected Weed's reference to the ``prettily got up'' badge.