Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Salmon P. Chase [1]

Hon. S. P. Chase:--- Springfield, Ill. Sept. 21, 1859.

My dear Sir---This is my first opportunity to express to you my great regret at not meeting you personally while in Ohio. However, you were at work in the cause, and that, after all, was better.

Page  471It is useless for me to say to you (and yet I cannot refrain from saying it) that you must not let your approaching election in Ohio so result as to give encouragement to Douglasism. That ism is all which now stands in the way of an early and complete success of Republicanism; and nothing would help it or hurt us so much as for Ohio to go over or falter just now. You must, one and all, put yours souls into the effort. Your obedient servant

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   Hertz, p. 758. Governor Chase had been visiting Ohio counties where his presence was needed before the election (Chase to Lincoln, September 29, 1859, DLC-RTL).