Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Editor of the Central Transcript. Springfield,
Dear Sir: July 3, 1859

Your paper of the 1st. which I presume you sent me is received. Put me on your subscription list, and I will pay at fall court.

I cut a slip from this number and return it with a word of comment. I shall heartily support for Governor whoever shall be nominated by a Republican State convention; and no one more heartily than any one of the five you name. But is not the fling you make at our Northern bretheren both unjust to them, and dangerous to our cause? You open by saying, ``A strong controversy is going on between the Chicago papers as to who shall be the next Republican nominee for Governor.'' I was unaware of this. I have not seen in any Chicago paper, a man named, or pointed to, whom such paper declares for as it's candidate for Governor. Have you? Again, ought you to say, as you do that ``the matter will be entirely controlled by the Central and Southern portions of the state''? Surely, on reflection, you will agree that the matter must be controlled, in due proportions, by all parts of the State. Again, you say ``The defeat of Mr. Lincoln may be attributed to the course pursued by these Northerners in putting none but the most ultra men on the track, as candidates for the most important state and Federal offices &c.'' This statement is, indeed, strange. The Republican party, since its organization in Illinois, has gone through two general elections---in 1856 and 1858; and ``these Northerners'' have not even had a single candidate for a State office, or a Federal office, commensurate with the state, either residing within their section, or holding their supposed ultra views. In 1856 they put on the track, Bissell, of Bellville, for Governor; Hatch of Pike Co, for Secretary of State; Dubois, of Lawrence Co, for Auditor; Miller, of Bloomington, for Treasurer; Powell of Peoria for School Superintendant; and Wood of Quincy, for Lieutenant Governor; and they elected all of them. In 1858, all these, but two, held over; and one of them, Mr. Miller was again put upon the track; and in lieu of Mr. [Powell,] [2] Mr. Bateman, [3] still further South, was put on the track; and again, both elected. Now, can you, on reflection, say either of these men is an ultra man? or that ``these Northerners'' could have had any peculiarly selfish reason for supporting them? Another very marked fact is that ``these Northerners'' in the two past elections, gave nearly all the votes which carried them; and that the next election will be lost, unless ``these Northerners'' do the same thing again. Your fling about men entangled with the

Page  390``Matteson Robbery'' as you express it; and men indicted for stealing niggers and mail-bags, [4] I think is unjust and impolitic. Why manufacture slang to be used against us by our enemies? The world knows who are alluded to by the mention of stealing niggers and mail-bags; and as to the Canal script fraud, the charge of being entangled with it, would be as just, if made against you, as against any other Republican in the State.

Finally, can articles such as the inclosed, fail to weaken our party, and our cause?

I beg your pardon for writing thus freely, without a better acquaintance with you; and I plead in excuse, my great anxiety that we shall have harmony and not discord; have candidates by agreement, and not by force;---help one another instead of trying to hurt one another.

I do not write this for publication; and would not have written at all, had I expected a chance to see and talk with you soon. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN