Edward Baker was a long-time close friend of President Abraham Lincoln. On October 21, 1861, Baker was killed in the Civil War Battle of Ball’s Bluff.
Two months later, Edward sends a message to his friend the President, using the gift of automatic writing through the mediumship of J. B. Conkling, who resided in New York City.
Mr. Conkling traveled to the White House in Washington D. C., to give the letter to President Lincoln. This happened shortly before President Lincoln met the medium Nettie Colburn Meyard for the first time.
The letter was written in reverse writing meaning you needed a mirror to read the letter. I have taken the liberty of flipping the images of the letter, making it much easier to read.
The enclosed communication was given through the medium J. B. Conklin, 599 Broadway, New York. This p.m. with a request that it be forwarded to his Excellency A. Lincoln.
Will you please have this conveyed to his Excellency The President.
My esteemed, and best earthy friend. You will no doubt be surprised to receive this from me, but, I like millions of other disembodied spirits feel the deepest desire to convey expressions of gratitude and
hope to earthy friends. I am not dead. I still live a conscious individual with hope, aspiration and interest for the union still alive. I experienced a happy reality, a glorious change by the process termed “death.”
I would communicate with you personally, if not now, after the close of your official term. I will be with you in Spirit, and with many others, impress and strengthen you. Man lives on earth to
live elsewhere and that elsewhere is ever present. Heaven and Hell are conditions not localities.
The original letter is stored with
The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress