To John M. Palmer 
Dear Sir: Aug: 1, 1856
It is our judgment that whether you do or do not finally stand as a candidate for Congress, it is better for you to not to publicly decline for a while.
It is a long time till the election; and what may turn up no one can tell. Yours truly ``A. LINCOLN--- W. H. HERNDON''
RICHD. YATES WM JAYNE