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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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515. Henry C. Whitney to William H. Herndon.

Chicago July 18th 1887.

Friend Herndon

I enclose to you herewith the 2 photos of Lincoln asked for. The 1857 one was taken under these circumstances. He used when in Chicago as you know to make the office of Dickey & Wallace his headquarters as a law office & Hesler [1] the photographer was right opposite in the same hall: so one afternoon he stepped in & had his photo taken I suppose in the regular course of business. After he was nominated for President, Hesler (Who was then Chicago's best artist) wrote him he would like to have his photo' again. Lincoln replied, inviting him to come to Springfield & take it, if he chose — and he did so.

The 1860. one was that from which the "Century" magazine picture was taken: you will observe that the wrinkles are considerably smoothed out of it, but I think they are the best that are obtainable. If you want a cut for your Book from

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon621b.html
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