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

To John J. Hardin [1]

Friend Hardin: Springfield, May 11th, 1843.

Butler [2] informs me that he received a letter from you, in which you expressed some doubt whether the whigs of Sangamon willPage  323 support you cordially. You may, at once, dismiss all fears on that subject. We have already resolved to make a particular effort to give you the very largest majority possible in our county. From this, no whig of the county dissents. We have many objects for doing it. We make it a matter of honor and pride to do it; we do it, because we love the whig cause; we do it, because we like you personally; and last, we wish to convince you, that we do not bear that hatred to Morgan county, that you people have so long seemed to imagine. You will see by the journal of this week, that we propose, upon pain of losing a Barbecue, to give you twice as great a majority in this county as you shall receive in your own. I got up the proposal. [3]

Who of the five appointed, is to write the District address? I did the labor of writing one address this year; and got thunder for my reward. [4] Nothing new here. Yours as ever. A. LINCOLN.

P.S.---I wish you would measure one of the largest of those swords, we took to Alton, and write me the length of it, from tip of the point to tip of the hilt, in feet and inches, I have a dispute about the length. [5] A. L.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi

[2]   William Butler. Hardin had been nominated the Whig candidate for congress in the Seventh District by the convention at Pekin on May 1.

[3]   At Jacksonville, on October 6, Morgan County Whigs paid the election bet at a barbecue. Sangamon County gave Hardin a majority twice as large as his majority in Morgan County.

[4]   See ``Address to the People of Illinois,'' March 4, 1843.

[5]   Lincoln refers to the cavalry broadswords which were to have been used in his duel with Shields. See ``Memorandum,'' September 19, 1842, supra.