From a copy (made by E. A. Bromley of the Minneapolis "Journal" staff) of a
photograph owned by Mrs. Cyrus Aldrich, whose husband, now dead, was a Congressman from
Minnesota. We owe the photograph to the courtesy of Mr. Daniel Fish of Minneapolis. In
the summer of 1860 Mr. M. C. Tuttle, a photographer of St. Paul, wrote to Mr. Lincoln,
requesting that he have a negative taken and sent to him for local use in the campaign.
The request was granted, but the negative was broken in transit. On learning of the
accident, Mr. Lincoln sat again, and with the second negative he sent a jocular note wherein
he referred to the fact, disclosed by the picture, that in the interval he had "got a new
coat." A few copies of the picture were made by Mr. Tuttle, and distributed among the
Republican editors of the State. It has never before been reproduced. Mrs. Aldrich's
copy was presented to her by William H. Seward when he was entertained at the Aldrich
homestead (now the Minneapolis City Hospital) in September, 1860. A fine copy of this
same photograph is owned by Mr. Ward Monroe of Jersey City, New Jersey.
-- Page 193 of The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Ida M. Tarbell and J. McCan Davis, New York: S.S. McClure, 1896. (TarbellE)