Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Concerning Samuel D. Lockwood [1]

Judge Lockwood, the writer, is one of the best men in the world.

File. A.L.

Dec. 24, 1864.


[1]   American Autograph Shop Catalog, March, 1939, No. 101. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's endorsement was written on a letter from Samuel D. Lockwood, Batavia, Kane County, Illinois, December 6, 1864. The conclusion of Lockwood's letter is reproduced as follows:

`` . . . I feel fully conscious that heavier burden's & responsibilities neverPage  180 rested on the mind and heart of any man, but I sincerely hope & believe, that you will come out of them all with an untarnished reputation & the complete establishment for our Country of the Glorious principle enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, `That all men are created equal.' If such shall be the result of your sacrifices & labours, no man need ever aspire to a more glorious or a more benificent reputation. May God grant it.

``Please excuse this hasty scrawl. Ill health & cramp in my hand forbid my revising or copying it.''