Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Friend Minshall. Springfield, Dec. 7 1837

I write this to say that it is Stuart's intention to be a candidate for congress again; and that he will be publicly announced before long. I would suggest to you the propriety of your letting our friends in your parts know, that he is to be the candidate.

On the receipt of this, write me all you know and all you think, in regard to our prospects for the race.

I believe we have nothing here that would be news to you. I am ashamed to write so short a letter; but lack of material, you know, will [make?] any thing short. Your sincere friend

A. LINCOLN

P.S. We have adopted it as part of our policy here, to never speak of Douglass at all. Is'nt that the best mode of treating so small a matter?