Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Stuart: Springfield, Jany. 20th. 1840.

Yours of the 5th. Inst. is recd. It is the first from you for a great while. You wish the news from here. The Legislature is in session yet, but has done nothing of importance. The following is my guess as to what will be done. The Internal Improvement System will be put down in a lump, without benefit of clergy. The Bank will be resusitated with some trifling modifications. Whether the canal will go ahead or stop is verry doubtful. Whether the State House will go ahead, depends upon the laws already in force.

A proposition made in the House today to throw off to the Teritory of Wisconsin about 14 of our Northern counties---decided. Ayes 11. Noes. 70.

Be sure to send me as many copies of the life of Harrison, as you can spare from other uses.

Be verry sure to procure and send me the Senate Journal of New York of September 1814. I have a newspaper article which says that that document proves that Van Buren voted against raisin[g] troops in the last war.

And, in general, send me every thing you think will be a good ``war-club.'' The nomination of Harrison takes first rate. You know I am never sanguine; but I believe we will carry the state. The chance for doing so, appears to me 25 per cent better than it did for you to beat Douglass. A great many of the grocery sort of Van Buren men, as formerly, are out for Harrison. Our Irish Blacksmith Gregory, [2] is for Harrison. I believe I may say, that all our friends think the chance of carrying the state, verry good.

You have heard that the Whigs and Locos had a political discussion shortly after the meeting of the Legislature. Well, I made a big speech, which is in progress of printing in pamphlet form. [3] To enlighten you and the rest of the world, I shall send you a copy when it is finished.

I cant think of any thing else now. Your friend, as ever---

A. LINCOLN