Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To James Smith [1]

Rev. James Smith, D.D.: Springfield, January 24, 1853.

Sir:---The undersigned having listened with great satisfaction to the discourse, on the subject of temperance, delivered by you on last evening, and believing, that, if published and circulated among the people, it would be productive of good; would respectfully request a copy thereof for publication. Very Respectfully, Your friends:

Simeon Francis, R. F. Ruth, G. Jayne,

Thomas Lewis, J. B. McCandless, J. C. Planck,

John Irwin, C. Birchall, John E. Denny,

A. Camp, J. B. Fosselman, W. M. Cowgill,

E. G. Johns, Henry M. Brown, D. E. Ruckel,

John Williams, Thomas Moffett, Thomas M. Taylor,

John T. Stuart, B. S. Edwards, John A. Chesnut,

A. Maxwell, Thomas Alsop, Mat. Stacy,

H. Vanhoff, W. B. Cowgill, H. S. Thomas,

D. Spear, M. Greenleaf, B. B. Brown,

Reuben Coon, James W. Barret, William F. Aitkin,

Henry Yeakle, P. Wright, Allen Francis,

E. B. Pease, S. Grubb, sr., A. Lincoln.


[1]   A Discourse on the Bottle---Its Evils, and the Remedy; or, A Vindication of the Liquor-Seller, and the Liquor Drinker, from Certain Aspersions Cast upon Them by Many, 1853, 1892. The letter is printed as a preface to the pamphlet. The Reverend James Smith was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield.