Letter from Jun. 6, 1865

A letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to Dr. Josiah G. Holland

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    A letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to Dr. Josiah G. Holland

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    A letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to Dr. Josiah G. Holland, a writer who later wrote a biography of Abraham Lincoln called the Life of Abraham Lincoln in 1866.

  • Transcription

    Chicago June 6th/65

    My dear Sir

    Your letter received
    some days ago & I have unfortunately
    mislaid it, so that I have to answer
    it from memory.
    As I understand your purpose
    it is to write a biography which is
    to be rather personal than political.
    With regard to sources of information
    I may be able to guide you a little
    One of my father’s old time friends
    is Dr. A. G. Henry of Washington
    City, D.C. & who may be addressed in
    care of Senator Williams at Washington, D.C. He was
    very intimate with him after some time
    in 1830-35 & will be please to help you
    all he can. Another of his friends of

    among those to whom you might
    apply. I understand that Mr. H
    is intending to write a biography
    himself & you will judge for yourself
    as to whether to write to him.
    I have explained at some length
    the reasons of the messiness of my
    knowledge & I try you will attribute
    the little value of this letter to that cause.
    With great respect I am
    Very sincerely yours
    Robert T. Lincoln
    Dr. J.E. Holland
    &c &c

    [*Robert T. Lincoln*]

    [Transcription by Henry R.]

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    Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

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    Robert Todd Lincoln . "A letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to Dr. Josiah G. Holland". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1180