To John T. Stuart 
In relation to the Kinzie matter,  I can say no more than this, that the check was taken from the Bank by you, and on the same day you made a note in our memorandum book, stating you had sent it by mail to Kinzie; but there is no memorandum concerning it at Irwin's  Kinzie has ceased writing about it, and consequently I have some hope that he has received it.
We have had a convention for nominating candidates in this county. Baker  was put on the track for the Senate, and Bradford,  Brown  of the Island Grove, Josiah Francis, Darnielle,  & I for the House. Ninian  was verry much hurt at not being nominated; but he has become tolerably well reconciled. I was much, verry much, wounded myself at his being left out. The fact is, the country delegates made the nominations as they pleased; and they pleased to make them all from the country, except Baker & me, whom they supposed necessary to make stump speeches. Old Col. Elkin  is nominated for Sheriff. That's right.
The Locos have no candidates on the track yet, except Dick Taylor  for the Senate. Last saturday he made a speech, and May  answered him. The way May let the wind out of him, was a perfect wonder. The court room was verry full, and neither you nor I ever saw a crowd in this county so near all one side, and all feeling so good before. You will see a short account of it in the Journal.
Japh. Ball  has come out for Harrison. Ain't that a caution?
 ALS, IHi
 Robert A. Kinzie. See n. 2, letter to Stuart, supra, December 23, 1839.
 Robert Irwin & Co., of Springfield, Illinois.
 Edward D.Baker.
 James M. Bradford.
 James N. Brown.
 John Darneille.
 Ninian W. Edwards.
 William F. Elkin.
 Edmund Dick Taylor.
 William L. May.
 Japhet A. Ball.