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Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Oran Follett, June 18, 1860

This letter from Lincoln to Oran Follett (1798-1894) was written prior to Lincoln’s first election as president. Follett, a prominent Ohio businessman and publisher, was originally from New York where he had been active in state politics. This letter marked "private" is a response to an earlier letter from Follett in which he reviewed New York state politics and commented on the upcoming 1860 presidential election. Lincoln thanked Follett for his long letter and his interest in the "cause."

From the CMC Manuscript Collection: Oran Follett Papers, Mss qF667C RM.

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Letter to Follett


Springfield, Ill. June 18. 1860
O. Follett, Esq

Dear Sir:

Your long letter of the
9th was received only this morn=
ing – I write this to acknowledge
the receipt of yours; to thank you
for the interest you take in the
cause; and to say that I pre=
viously had had my attention
turned in the same direction.

Yours very truly
A. Lincoln

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