Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
M. W. Delahay, Esq. Springfield,
My dear Sir Oct. 17. 1859

I hear your name mentioned for one of the seats in the U.S. Senate from your new state. I certainly would be gratified with your success; and if there was any proper way for me to give you a lift, I would do it. But, as it is, I can only wish you well. It would be improper for me to interfere; and if I were to attempt it, it probably would do you harm. Your friend, as ever

A. LINCOLN

P.S. Is not the election news glorious?