Letter to President Lincoln from Harvard’s President – Trip Down Memory Lane

Sent to Abraham Lincoln regarding his son (1862) Pic of Abe Lincoln and Sons. . .

Dear Sir:

The Faculty last evening voted “that Lincoln, Junior, be publicly admonished for smoking in Harvard Square after being privately admonished for the same offence.”  The word “publicly” simply makes it my duty to inform you of the admonition, and I trust, Sir, that you will impress upon him the necessity not only of attention to the matters of decorum, but of giving heed to the private admonitions of his instructors.

Ref: Mayes, H.R. (Editor).  An Editor’s Treasury:  A continuing anthology of prose, verse, and literary curiosa, Part 1, Vol. 2, Atheneum, NY, 1968