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

To Leonard Swett [1]

Hon. L. Swett: Springfield, Ills.
My dear Sir May 30. 1860

Your letter, written to go to N.Y. is long, but substantially right, I believe. You heard Weed converse with me, [2] and you now have Putnams letter. It can not have failed to strike you that these men ask for just, the same thing---fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. If this suggests any modification of, or addition to, your letter, make it accordingly. Burn this, not that there is any thing wrong in it; but because it is best not to be known that I write at all. Yours as ever

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi. Swett wrote to Lincoln May 27, enclosing his reply to James O. Putnam (postmaster at Buffalo, New York, under Fillmore, and several times member of the New York Senate) and commenting, ``I am afraid my letter will be regarded as reflecting your sentiments & . . . thought it but prudent to let you peruse it'' (DLC-RTL).

[2]   Thurlow Weed, publisher of the Albany, New York, Evening Journal and Seward's political manager, visited Lincoln on May 24.