My Dear Mr. Garrison 7 February, 1865.
I have your kind letter of the 21st of January, and can only beg that you will pardon the seeming neglect occasioned by my constant engagements. When I received the spirited and admirablePage 266 painting ``Waiting for the Hour'' I directed my Secretary not to acknowledge its arrival at once, preferring to make my personal acknowledgment of the thoughtful kindness of the donors; and waiting for some leisure hour, I have committed the discourtesy of not replying at all.
I hope you will believe that my thanks though late, are most cordial, and I request that you will convey them to those associated with you in this flattering and generous gift.
I am very truly Your friend and Servant A. LINCOLN.
Wm. Lloyd Garrison Esq