Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Hon: O. Lovejoy. Springfield,
Dear Sir March 8, 1858.

I have just returned from court in one of the counties of your District, [2] where I had an inside view that few will have who correspond with you; and I feel it rather a duty to say a word to you about it.

Your danger has been that democracy would wheedle some republican to run against you without a nomination, relying mainly on democratic votes. I have seen the strong men who could make the most trouble in that way, and find that they view the thing in the proper light, and will not consent to be so used. But they have been urgently tempted by the enemy; and I think it is still the point for you to guard most vigilantly. I think it is not expected that you can be beaten for a nomination; but do not let what I say, as to that, lull you.

Page  436Now, let this be strictly confidential; not that there is anything wrong in it; but that I have some highly valued friends who would not like me any the better for writing it. Yours very truly.

A. LINCOLN

P.S. Be glad to hear from you.