Fragment of Abraham Lincoln and Edward D. Baker to Unknown, 1
. . . he lied in his heart, when he said he was not an ultra whig, and he desired General Taylor to be so informed
This is our information on the subjectYour Obt Servts[Obedient Servants]A. LincolnE. D. Baker
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text and signed his name. Edward D. Baker signed this own name.
The actual date of this fragment is unknown. Roy P. Basler, editor of The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, placed the entire letter, of which this fragment is the last page, in 1849, resting on the assumption that Lincoln wrote it during the competition for patronage that followed the inauguration of Zachary Taylor as president. Lincoln’s and Baker’s other joint correspondence during this period offers ample evidence for Basler’s conjecture, and the editors have retained Basler’s date.
Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2:18, n1; Abraham Lincoln and Edward D. Baker to Thomas Ewing; Edward D. Baker and Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Ewing.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s),
3, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).