Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Lincoln’s whiskers

October 19, 2010

The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln


Letter to Miss Grace Bedell


SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, October 19, 186o.

My dear little Miss: Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received. I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughter. I have three sons—one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age. They, with their mother, constitute my whole family. As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?

Your very sincere well-wisher,


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