Abraham Lincoln to William H. Herndon, 11 July 18481
Dear William:
Yours of the 3rd is this moment received; and I hardly need say, it gives unalloyed pleasure–2 I now almost regret writing the serious, long faced letter, I wrote yesterday; but let the past as nothing be–3 Go it while you're young!
I write this in the confusion of the H. R, and with several other things to attend to– I will send you about eight different speeches this evening; and as to kissing a pretty girl, a[I] know one very pretty one, but I guess she wont let me kiss her–
Yours foreverA Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2William H. Herndon’s July 3 letter to Lincoln has not been located.
3Lincoln references a letter where he, as an older, more experienced man, advises Herndon on what a young man needs to do to succeed in life.

Autograph Letter Signed , 1 page(s), Box 3, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).