"I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons. And yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which, I am not quite satisfied with you." [Letter to Joseph Hooker from Lincoln, January 26, 1863.]
"… I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. Yours truly, A. Lincoln" Letter to James H. Hackett from Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1863.
"I wish to preserve a set of the last debates (if they may be called so) between Douglas and myself- To enable me to do so, please get two copies of each number of your paper containing the whole, and send them to me by express; and I will pay you for the papers & for your trouble- I wish the two sets, in order to lay one away in the [rain?], and to put the other in a scrap-book-" Letter to C. H. Ray from Abraham Lincoln, November 20, 1858.
"I have just received yours of the 23, inquiring whether I received the newspapers you sent me by Express -- I did receive them. And am very much obliged. There is some probability that my Scrap-book will be reprinted; and if it shall, I will save you a copy." Letter to Henry Clay Whitney, Esq. from Abraham Lincoln, December 25, 1858.