To Hezekiah G. Wells 
Dr. Sir Aug. 4. 1856
Yours of July 24th. inviting me to be present at a Fremont mass meeting, to be held on the 27th. of August, at Kalamazoo, has been forwarded to me by Mr. Mechem  of Kankakee. It would afford me great pleasure to be with you, and I will do so if possible; but I can not promise positively.
We are having trouble here that needs the attention of all of us. I mean the Fillmore movement. With the Fremont and Fillmore men united, here in Illinois, we have Mr. Buchanan in the hollow of our hand; but with us divided, as we now are, he has us. This is the short and simple truth, as I believe. Very Respectfully
A. ``LINCOLN''---Page 359
 ALS, MiK-M. Hezekiah G. Wells, a prominent Michigan state and county office holder, was chairman of the executive committee in charge of the Republican rally to be held at Kalamazoo on August 27.
 Lincoln's spelling of this name may have been ``Machin.'' The two ``e's'' have been written in over Lincoln's letters by another hand. Neither name has led to an identification of the person involved.