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

To Hugh Lemaster [1]

Hugh LeMaster, Esq. Springfield,
My dear Sir: Nov. 29, 1854.

I have got it into my head to try to be U.S. Senator; and I wish somehow to get at your Whig member, Mr. Babcock. I am not acquainted with him---could you not make or cause to be made, a mark with him for me? Would not Judge Kellogg lend a helping hand? J. P. Boice, [2] I venture to hope, would be willing to give a lift. Please write me at all events; and let this be confidential, so far as practicable. Yours as ever, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, Private Collector Hugh Lemaster, editor of the Fulton County Republican at Lewistown, Illinois, answered on December 11 that he had ``conversed with some of our most prominent (working) Whigs and they all say elect Lincoln. I have not seen Judge [William] Kellogg nor Rep. [Amos C.] Babcock. . . . I am satisfied that Judge will favor your election. . . . A. C. Babcock is a man of small stature . . . but a true Whig . . . & . . . will soon learn his duty.'' (DLC-RTL).

[2]   John P. Boice was a lawyer and whig politician in Lewistown, Illinois.