Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  233

To John T. Stuart [1]

Dear Stuart: Springfield, Feb: 5th. 1841

Some of us here have concluded, that if it be agreeable, Bat Webb [2] shall be our District Attorney. He would accept the place; but will not enter into a scramble for it. We here, or at least I, know of no other applicant. I will add, that I really have my heart set upon Webb's appointment to this place; and that I believe the whole party would be gratified with it.

What the Locos will do about the Congressional election no man can tell. I heard Herndon [3] say on yesterday, that he was in favour of taking Jersey, Green, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Sangamon, Logan and Tazewell, from your District & adding them to Reynolds, and leaving all else in statu quo. Something like this I think more probable than the District system; because our opponents are somewhat afraid of the latter themselves. As ever your friend

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS-P, ISLA.

[2]   Edwin B. Webb.

[3]   Probably Archer G. Herndon, the father of William H. Herndon.