Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To James H. Reed [1]

J. H. Reed, Esq Springfield, Ills. Oct. 1. 1860

My dear Sir Yours of Sep. 21st. was received some time ago; but I could not, till now, find time to answer it. I never was in McDonough county till 1858. I never said anything derogatory of Mr. Jefferson, in McDonough county, or elsewhere. About three weeks ago, [2] for the first time in my life, did I ever see, or hear, thePage  125 language, attributed to me, as having been, used towards Mr. Jefferson; and then it was sent to me, as you now send, in order that I might say whether it came from me. I never used any such language at any time. You may rely on the truth of this; although it is my wish that you do not publish it. Yours truly



[1]   ALS, RPB. Reed's letter of September 21, is not in the Lincoln Papers. He was co-publisher with Horace Bigelow of the Aledo, Illinois, Record.

[2]   See Lincoln to Anson G. Chester, September 5, supra.