Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  424

To Richard Yates [1]

Hon: R. Yates--- Springfield,
Dear Sir: Sept. 30. 1857-

Your letter, called out by the letter of J. O. Johnson, [2] was received by me on my return from Chicago.

Mr. Johnson wrote the letter by concert with me; and is entirely reliable. He is a new-comer; but he can devote more time to getting up an organization, than any one I know, who knows as well as he, how to do it.

And now, let me say, I wish you could make up your mind to come to the Legislature from Morgan next term. You can be elected, and I doubt some whether any other friend can. It will be something of a sacrafice to you; but can you not make it? [3] Yours as ever A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS-P, ISLA.

[2]   John O. Johnson resided at Springfield, 1857-1859, but little else can be learned concerning him. Apparently Lincoln had employed him as a party organizer.

[3]   Yates did not run, and a Democrat was elected.