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

To William H. Seward [1]

Can the Sec. of State do any thing with this?

[January?] 28, 1865 A. LINCOLN


[1]   AES, NAuE. Lincoln's endorsement appears on an envelope postmarked in 1864. The month date of Lincoln's endorsement is torn off. The undated letter in the envelope is from Madame de Give in Belgium: ``It is now 13 months ago that my husband, Mr. Laurent de Give, belgian Consul left me in a great sorrow: he was obliged by heavy considerations to visit Atlanta, Ga. Since then, I have tried several times and by different ways to send him some news of the only beloved little child the Lord left us, but you know, Sir the blocade is such that it is absolutely impossible to force it. We are united by the laws, but how can I tell you the deep affection, the love, the mutual estimm which filled our hearts! Sir, be human and generous and take under your protection a poor lady, so sad and unhappy that no words could give you a just idea of her despair; she kneels before you and pry [sic] you by your mother, by all you love the most on this earth to send to his address the letter which follows.''