To Elijah C. Middleton 
Dear Sir. Washington, Dec. 30, 1864.
Your picture presented by Mr. Lutz is, in the main, very good. From a line across immediately above the eye-brows, downward it appears to me perfect. Above such line I think it is not so good,---that is, while it gives perhaps a better fore-head, it is not quite truePage 192 to the original. If you were present I could tell you wherein, but I can not well do so on paper. The next best thing I suppose would be to carefully study a photograph Yours truly A LINCOLN