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

To Mrs. Amanda H. Hall [1]

Mrs. Amanda H. Hall Executive Mansion,
Madam Washington, March 20. 1865.

Induced by a letter of yours to your brother, and shown me by him, I send you what follows below. Respectfully


``Fondly do we hope---fervently do we pray---that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said:

``The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.''



[1]   ALS, IHi. Numerous facsimiles of this letter have been supposed by their owners to be the original autograph manuscript written by Lincoln because they were printed many years ago and have the appearance of genuine manuscripts. The editors have not been able to certify the present location or ownership of the original letter, but there seems to be no doubt that the facsimiles were made from a genuine letter. Mrs. Amanda H. Hall was the daughter of Reverend William M. Ferry, an early settler of Ottawa County, Michigan. Her husband was Henry C. Hall of Ashfield, Massachusetts. Her brother was Representative Thomas W. Ferry of Michigan. See William M. Ferry, ``Ottawa's Old Settlers,'' Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, XXX (1905), 572-73.