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An eleven-year-old tells Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday Moment. Today’s blog post is about an eleven-year-old girl named Grace Bedell writing to President Lincoln, and he actually responded.

On October 15, 1860, a few weeks before Lincoln was elected President of the United States, Grace Bedell sent him a letter from Westfield, New York, urging him to grow a beard to improve his appearance.

The correspondences – Grace Bedell and Abe Lincoln:

The contents of her letter are as follows, ”

N Y
Westfield Chatauque Co
Oct 15. 1860
Hon A B Lincoln
Dear Sir

My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only eleven years old but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you won’t think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you anyway and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is a going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try and get everyone to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter dir[e]ct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chatauque County New York

I must not write any more answer this letter right off
Goodbye
Grace Bedell”

Lincoln responded in a letter on October 19, 1860, in which he said, ”

October 19, 1860
Springfield, Illinois

Miss. Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss.

Your very agreeable letter of the 15th. is received.

I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters. I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven, years of age. They, with their mother, constitute my whole family.

As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affection if I were to begin it now? Your very sincere well-wisher

A. Lincoln.”

He did wear the whiskers, though, and Grace Bedell got to see him herself at his president-elect. Well, that’s all I have for today, Sparkles. Remember, you can do big things if you try. I hope you liked this story. I found the letters on┬áthis website. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!!!

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