Letter from Grace Bedell to Abraham Lincoln asking him to grow a beard to improve his chances for election. Transcript of page 1: "Westfield, Chatauqua Co. NY, 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 brothers and part of them will vote for you anyway and if you will let your 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" Transcript of page 2: "their husbands 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 direct to Grace Bedell Westfield, Chatauqua County, New York. I must not write any more answer this letter right off. Good bye, Grace Bedell."