Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  289

To Elihu N. Powell [1]

E. N. Powell, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir: Nov. 27- 1854

Acting on your advice, and my own judgment, I have declined accepting the office of Representative of this county. I only allowed myself to be elected, because it was supposed my doing so would help Yates.

Things look reasonably well; but I fear some will insist on a platform, which I can not stand upon.

Please write me again when you discover any thing worth writing about. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN---

P.S. Can I venture to write directly to Dr. Arnold? [2] A–L–

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by Wayne C. Townley, Bloomington, Illinois. Elihu N. Powell was an attorney at Peoria, partner of William F. Bryan.

[2]   Dr. John D. Arnold of Peoria, an anti-Nebraska Whig who had been elected recently to the state Senate.