To Andrew McCallen 
My dear Sir, Yours of the 12th. by the hand of Mr. Edwards  was duly received. I conversed several times quite freely with Mr. Olney.  I do not perceive that we here, or the general convention here could rightfully determine any thing between Messrs Olney & Wiley.  You in the District must fix that.
Let me make a remark not suggested by your letter. I think too much reliance is placed in noisy demonstrations---importing speakers from a distance and the like. They excite prejudice and close the avenues to sober reason. The ``home production'' principle in my judgement is the best. You and Sexton  and Olney and others whose hearts are in the work should quietly form your plans and carry them out energetically among your own neighbors. You perceive my idea; and I really think it the best. Yours very truly
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 John W. Edwards of Shawneetown, Illinois, publisher of the Southern Illinoisan, who came to Springfield as a delegate to the Republican convention.
 John Olney of Shawneetown, also a delegate.
 Benjamin L. Wiley of Jonesboro, a candidate for Congress until September, when he withdrew.
 Orville Sexton, state representative from Gallatin County 1844-1845 and 1851-1852.