Anonymous. “True Republicans” to Abraham Lincoln, Friday, October 12, 1860 (Thinks Lincoln would get more votes if he grew whiskers), Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Oct 12: 1860
Allow a number of very earnest Republicans to intimate to you, that after oft repeated views of the daguerreotypes; which we wear as tokens of our devotedness to you; we have come to the candid determination that these medals would be much improved in appearance, provided you would cultivate whiskers, and wear standing collars.
Believe us nothing but an earnest desire that "our candidate" should be the best looking as well as the best of the rival candidates, would induce us to trespass upon your valued time
sincere & earnest
P. S. We really fear votes will be lost to "the cause" unless our "gentle hints" are attended to.
Address in reply, box 1444 New York City
C. D. L.