Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Rev. J. M. Sturtevant Springfield,
Jacksonville, Ills Sept. 27. 1856

My dear Sir: Owing to absence yours of the 16th. was not received till the day-before yesterday. I thank you for your good opinion of me personally, and still more for the deep interest youPage  379 take in the cause of our common country. It pains me a little that you have deemed it necessary to point out to me how I may be compensated for throwing myself in the breach now. This assumes that I am merely calculating the chances of personal advancement. Let me assure you that I decline to be a candidate for congress, on my clear conviction, that my running would hurt, & not help the cause. I am willing to make any personal sacrafice, but I am not willing to do, what in my own judgment, is, a sacrafice of the cause itself. Very truly Yours A. LINCOLN