To Thomas S. Flournoy 
In answer to your enquiries, I have to say I am in favor of Gen: Taylor as the whig candidate for the Presidency because I am satisfied we can elect him, that he would give us a whig administration, and that we can not elect any other whig.
In Illinois, his being our candidate, would certainly give us one additional member of Congress, if not more; and probably would give us the electoral vote of the state. That with him, we can, in that state, make great inroads among the rank and file of the democrats, to my mind is certain; but the majority against us there, is so great, that I can no more than express my belief that we can carry the state. Very respectfully A. LINCOLN