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

To Norman B. Judd [1]

Hon. N. B. Judd: Springfield, Feb. 5, 1860

My dear Sir: Your two letters were duly received. Whether Mr. Storrs [2] shall come to Illinois, and assist in our approaching campaign, is a question of dollars & cents. Can we pay him? If we can, that is the sole question. I consider his services very valuable.

A day or so before you wrote about Mr. Herndon, [3] Dubois told me that he, H, had been talking to William Jayne in the way you indicate. At first sight afterwards, I mentioned it to him; he rather denied the charge, and I did not press him about the past; but got his solemn pledge to say nothing of the sort in the future. I had done this before I received your letter. I impressed upon him as well as I could, first that such, was untrue, and unjust to you, and second, that I would be held responsible for what he said. Let this be private.

Some folks are pretty bitter towards me about the Dole, Hubbard, & Brown letter. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, owned by Norman J. Gould, Seneca Falls, New York.

[2]   A copy of C. Storrs, Jr., to Joseph Medill, January 9, 1860, written from Gardner, Kansas, offering to return to Chicago if he can serve the Republican cause as he did in 1856, is enclosed by Judd to Lincoln, January 27, 1860 (DLC-RTL). Judd expressed a wish to employ Storrs ``if we had the means.'' Storrs was supervisor of county commissioners in Johnson County, Kansas.

[3]   Judd wrote, January 31, ``I am advised that Herndon is a believer in [Samuel L.] Baker and is talking about misapplication of funds by me &cc. This ought not to be and is not true. Can not you set him right. . . .'' (DLC-RTL). See also Lincoln to David L. Phillips, February 17, infra.