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

Jesse K. Dubois [1]

My acquaintance first began with him in 1836. He was a member from Lawrence and Coles. Our friendship has continued and strengthened. When I first saw him he was a slim handsome young man, with auburn hair and sky-blue eyes, with the elegant manners of a Frenchman, from which nation he had his descent.

You may safely confide in him and in all he would advice you to confide in.

Annotation

[1]   Helen L. Allen, ``A Sketch of the Dubois Family, Pioneers of Indiana and Illinois,'' Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, V (April, 1912), 62-63. Neither fragment is dated, but the second is described as being in a letter of recommendation written while Lincoln was a candidate for the presidency. No further reference to the documents has been found.