Louis and Casimir Didett
Madam Lincoln: Will you have the goodness, madam, to receive the expression of our sincere regret, and permit us to lament with you the immense loss which you have just experienced in the person of the greatest and most honest citizen in the universe.
Yes, we deeply lament the loss of the man who, sprung from the laboring class, has, by his intelligence, energy, and virtue, earned the glory of creating equality in his country by the abolition of slavery.
Let all America accept the wishes which we sincerely feel for the prosperity of her noble country; and let the family of that great man believe in our affectionate sentiments, with which we have the honor to be your devoted servants.
(Here follow thirty-three signatures.)