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

Long, but substantially right

May 30, 2010

Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln © 1917

To Leonard Swett
Springfield, Ills. May 30, 1860.

Hon. L. Swett.

My dear Sir: Your letter written to go to New York is long, but substantially right I believe.  You heard Weed conversed with me, and you now have Putnam’s letters.  It can not have failed to strike you that these men ask for just the same thing—fairness and fairness only.  This so far as in my power, they and all others shall have.  If this suggests any modification of or addition to your letter make it accordingly.  Burn this; not that there is anything wrong in it, but because it is best not to be known that I wrote at all.

Yours as ever

A. Lincoln

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