On page 9, striking out “to us” is probably right—The word “lawyer’s" I wish retained. The word “Courts" struck out twice, I wish reduced to “Court” and retained—“Court” as a collection more properly governs the plural “have” as I understand—“The” preceding “Court,” in the latter case, must also be retained—The words “quite,” “as,” and “or” on the same page, I wish retained. The italicising, and quotation marking, I have no objection to.
As to the note at bottom, I do not think any too much is admitted—What you propose on page 11 is right—I return your copy of the speech, together with one printed here, under my own hasty supervising. That at New York was printed without any supervision by me—If you conclude to publish a new edition, allow me to see the proof-sheets.
And now thanking you for your
very complimentary letter, and your
interest for me generally, I subscribe myself.
Your friend and servant,
69 Wall Street, New York.
August 28, 1860.
Mr. Judd insists on our printing
the revised edition of your Cooper
Ins. speech without waiting to send you the proofs.
If this is so determined,
I wish you to know, that I have made no
alterations other than those you sanctioned, except—
1. I do not find that Abraham Baldwin voted on the Ordinance of ’87. On the contrary he appears not to have acted with Congress during the sitting of the Convention. Wm. Pierce seems to have taken his place then; and his name is recorded as voting for the Ordinance. This makes no difference in the result, but I presume you will not wish the historical inaccuracy (if it is such) to stand. I will therefore (unless you write to the contrary) strike out his name in that place and reduce the number from “four” to “three” where you sum up the number of times he voted.
2. In the quotations from the Constitution I have given its exact language; as “delegated” instead of “granted,” etc. As it is given in quo. marks, I presume the exact letter of the text should be followed.
If these are not correct please write immediately.
Our apology for the
delay is that we have been weighed down by
other matters; mine that I have but to-day returned to town.
Charles C. Nott.
To Hon. Abraham Lincoln.
69 WALL STREET, N.Y.
Sept. 17, 1860.
We forward you by this day’s
express 250 copies, with the last
corrections. I delayed sending, thinking that you would prefer these
to those first printed.