Copy, DLC-RTL. The copy of Lincoln's letter written on Executive Mansion stationery is in John Hay's handwriting. A copy of Senator John Conness' letter of January 19, also in Hay's handwriting, is as follows:
``The bearer of this letter is a citizen of the U.S. and of Cal and is one of our most ardent patriots and a gentleman of wealth and discretion He has a letter of Commissioner Newton to represent that Department at the coming `International Exhibition' in Prussia. My object is to get an autograph letter from you with the condition precedent that no expense shall accrue from the proceeding.'' (Ibid.).