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

To Martin S. Morris [1]

Friend Morris: April 14th 1843.

I have heard it insinuated that Baker has been attempting to get you or Miles [2] or both of you to violate the instructions of the meeting that appointed you, and to go for him. I have insisted, and still insist, that this can not be true. Surely Baker would not do the like. As well might Hardin ask me to vote for him, in the convention.

Again, it is said there will be an attempt to get up instructions in your county, requiring you to go for Baker. This is all wrong again. Upon the same rule, why might not I fly from the decision against me in Sangamon and get up instructions to their delegation to go for me. There are at least twelve hundred whigs in the county, that took no part. And yet I would as soon put my head in the fire as to attempt it. I should feel myself strongly dishonored by it.

Besides, if any one should get the nomination by such extraordinary means, all harmony in the district would inevitably be lost. Honest whigs (and very nearly all of them are honest) will notPage  322 quietly abide such enormities. I repeat, such an attempt on Baker's part can not be true. Write, me at Springfield, how this matter is. Dont show or speak of this letter. As ever yours A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHM.

[2]   Lincoln was away attending court at Versailles, Woodford County. George U. Miles was the other delegate from Menard. See Lincoln to Morris, March 26, 1843, and note. Morris was taken ill and Francis Regnier was appointed in his place.