Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
D. J. Powers, Esq Springfield, Ills.
Dear Sir Aug. 18. 1859

Reaching home after an absence [of] nine days I find yours of the 12th. I had also received that of July 27; and, to be plain, I disliked to decline the honor you tendered me. Two difficulties were in the way---first, I could not well spare the time, from the courts; and secondly, I had no address of the sort prepared; and could scarcely spare the time to prepare one; and I was waiting, before answering you, to determine whether these difficulties could be surmounted. I will write you definitely on the 1st. day of September, if you can safely delay so long. Yours very truly

A. LINCOLN