Letters to Abraham Lincoln during his election and first year as president

The city that awaited Abraham Lincoln in fall 1860 was a far cry from the populous, gleaming capital it would become after -- and largely because of -- the Civil War.
Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chillocothe Ohio

April 2nd 1861

Hon. Abraham Lincoln

President of the U.S.

Dear Sir

I have this day Sent to you per the Adams Express Co one Box inclosed you fill find one pair of Slippers worked by my Little Daughter as a present for you from her. . . . I often think of you in (these) trublesome times and Pray God that he may give you Wisdom and Strenght to guide the Ship of State into the harber of Safty -- I am but a poor humble Mechanic and Seek no office But I Love my Country and would Die in its defence though I must not intrude on your time with a Long Letter will you please let me know if you receive the package and oblige

-- Yours truly S. Shreckengaust

Feb 14 1861


Mr Abe Lincoln

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