Abraham Lincoln to Stephen A. Hurlbut, 10 July 1848.1
Dear Sir:
I send you herewith a prospectus, and the first number of a new Whig Paper called THE BATTERY, publishing in this city, with a view to promote the election of Gen. Zachary Taylor to the Presidency, and Millard Fillmore to the Vice Presidency of the United States. I respectfully request you to obtain subscribers for the paper in your immediate vicinage. Please send a list of names, and the amount that will be due according to the terms proposed, and I will see that the subscribers get their papers through the mail. As a general dissemination of this paper will, it is believed, be of high importance to the success of the Whig cause, permit me to solicit an immediate attention to the subject.
Friend Hurlbut
Your letter of a recent date was duly received–2 I could think of no better way of fitting you out, than by sending you the Battery, the first number of which, together with the prospectus, I send by this mail–3 If it strikes you as giving promise of being a good campaign paper, please get as many subscribers as you can and send them on– I have put you down for one copy, the subscription for which I will pay myself, if you are not satisfied with it–
Yours trulyA Lincoln
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Free– A Lincoln M.C[Member Congress]
WASHINGTON D.C.[District of Columbia]
Jul[July] 10
S. A. Hurlbut, Esq[Esquire]BelvidereBoone, Co[County]–Ills[Illinois]–
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the numeral ten in the dateline of the printed form letter and the portion of the letter beginning “Friend Hurlbut.” He also signed the letter. Lincoln also penned the frank, his name, and the address on the envelope.
2Stephen A. Hurlbut’s letter to Lincoln has not been located.
3The enclosed first number of the Battery, dated July 6, 1848, and the prospectus have not been located.

Partially Printed Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Brown University (Providence, RI).