To Clara and Julia Brown

                                                                 Executive Mansion Washington
Misses Clara & Julia Brown         March 21 1864

The Afgan you sent is received, and gratefully accepted. I especially like my little friends; and although you have never seen me, I am glad you remember me for the country’s sake, and even more, that you remember, and try to help, the poor Soldiers. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN

A note on the bottom of the copy explains that a photograph of Clara and Julia was sent with the afghan. The letter from Clara and Julia, dated at Buffalo, New York, March 9, 1864, is as follows:

“Please accept this Afghan from your little friends who desire to express their regard. . . . The afghan was exhibited at the `Central Fair’ recently held here, and now we are very happy in sending it to our Dear President.

“Please remember that you have little friends in Buffalo who pray for you, that you may be cheerful, strong and wise.”


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