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

To John E. Rosette [1]

John E. Rosette, Esq. Springfield, Ill., February 20, 1857.

Dear Sir:---Your note about the little paragraph in the Republican was received yesterday, since which time I have been too unwell toPage  390 notice it. I had not supposed you wrote or approved it. The whole originated in mistake. You know by the conversation with me that I thought the establishment of the paper unfortunate, but I always expected to throw no obstacle in its way, and to patronize it to the extent of taking and paying for one copy. When the paper was brought to my house, my wife said to me, ``Now are you going to take another worthless little paper?'' I said to her evasively, ``I have not directed the paper to be left.'' From this, in my absence, she sent the message to the carrier. This is the whole story. Yours truly, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Herndon, III, 429. Herndon did not profess to know about the incident which gave rise to the letter. Rosette was an attorney at Springfield who edited the Republican beginning with its first issue, February 9, 1857, until some time in April of the same year. Since files are not available, one can only guess that the ``little paragraph'' made caustic comment on Mrs. Lincoln's ``message to the carrier.''