New York City
November 5, 1861.
I beg that you will prevent Mr. Speed from buying or attempting to buy arms in this market. The only result of his efforts to purchase, is to enhance the price and to defeat the endeavors of the Government to procure arms. In a few days there will be a sufficient quantity to supply such demands, and to save the Government great expense, Mr. Speed should be prevented from purchasing.
Very truly &
Hon. A. Lincoln,
SOURCE: Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.