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My DEAR, MRS. KECKLEY: You judge me rightly I am willing to do what I can to place the widow of our martyr President in the affluent position which her relation to that good man and to the country entitles her to. But I doubt the wisdom of getting up a series of lectures for that purpose ; that is just the last thing that should be done. Still, if the thing is done, it should be done on a grand scale. The best speakers in the country should be secured for the purpose. You should not place me at the head nor at the foot of the list, but sandwich me between, for thus out of the way, it would not give color to the idea. I am to speak in Newark on Wednesday evening next, and will endeavor to see you on the subject. Of course, if it would not be too much to ask, I would gladly see Mrs. Lincoln, if this could be done in a quiet way without the reporters getting hold of it, and using it in some way to the preju dice of that already much abused lady. As I shall see you soon, there is less reason to write you at length.
I am, dear madam,
With high respect,
Very truly yours,
- BEHIND THE SCENES, THIRTY YEARS A SLAVE, AND FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.. ELIZABETH KECKLEY, 1868