To Hugh Lemaster 
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,  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.
 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).
 John P. Boice was a lawyer and whig politician in Lewistown, Illinois.