Miss. Grace Bedell Springfield, Ills.
My dear little Miss. Oct 19. 1860
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th. is received.
I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters. I have three sons---one seventeen, one nine, and one seven, years of age. They, with their mother, constitute my whole family.
As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affection if I were to begin it now? Your very sincere well-wisher A. LINCOLN.