To C. U. Schlater 
Dear Sir: Jan: 5. 1849
Your note, requesting my ``signature with a sentiment'' was received, and should have been answered long since, but that it was mislaid. I am not a very sentimental man; and the best sentiment I can think of is, that if you collect the signatures of all persons who are no less distinguished than I, you will have a very undistinguishing mass of names. Very respectfully
 ALS, PHi. No C. U. Schlater has been identified, but a ``C. M. Schlater, clerk,'' is in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Directory for 1853, and a ``C. W. Schlater, clerk'' is listed in 1854. Perhaps both Lincoln and the compiler of the Directory were puzzled by Schlater's middle initial.