LS, NjP. President John Maclean of the College of New Jersey, Princeton, wrote Lincoln on December 20, 1864:
``I have the honour to inform you, that, at the semi-annual meeting of the Trustees of this College this day, the Degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon you, by the unanimous consent of the Board.
``Hoping that this expression of their respect for you both personally, and as the Head of our Nation will not be unacceptable to you, I am most sincerely and with the highest respect. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).
Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois, was first to honor Lincoln with an LL.D., on July 4, 1860, and Columbia College, New York City, came next with an LL.D. conferred on June 26, 1861.