This letter is also in the library of the Tennessee Historical Society. The background of the altercation is obscure. Lincoln was actively campaigning for the Whig ticket in the southern counties of Illinois during the latter half of October. Doubtless in a political discussion on October 28, sharp words passed between the two partisans, for Anderson wrote as follows:
A. Lincoln Esqr. Lawrenceville, Oct. 30- 1840-
Dr. sir: On our first meeting on Wednesday last, a difficulty in words, ensued between us, which I deem it my duty to notice further. I think you were the aggressor. Your words imported insult; and whether you meant them as such is for you to say. You will therefore please inform me on this point and if you designed to offend me, please communicate to me your present feelings on the subject, and whether you persist in the stand you took. Your obt. servt.
W. G. ANDERSON
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