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

To John J. Crittenden [1]

Hon: J.J. Crittenden Springfield, Novr. 4- 1858

My dear Sir Yours of the 27th. ult. was taken from the Post Office by my law-partner, and, in the confusion consequent upon the recent election, was handed to me only this moment. I am sorry the allusion made in the Mo. Republican, to the private correspondence between yourself and me, has given you any pain. It gave me scarcely a thought, perhaps for the reason that, being away from home, I did not see it till only two days before the election. It never occurred to me to cast any blame upon you. I have been told that the correspondence has been alluded to in the Mo. Rep. several times, but I only saw one, of the allusions, and in which it was stated, as I remember that a gentleman of St. Louis had seen a copy of your letter to me. As I had given no copy, nor ever showed the original, of course I infered he had seen it in your hands, but it did not occur to me to blame you for showing what you had written yourself. It was not said that the gentleman had seen a copy or the original of my letter to you.

The emotions of defeat, at the close of a struggle in which I felt more than a merely selfish interest, and to which defeat the use of your name contributed largely, are fresh upon me; but, evenPage  336 in this mood, I can not for a moment suspect you of anything dishonorable. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN---

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by William H. Townsend, Lexington, Kentucky. Crittenden wrote from Frankfort, Kentucky, that the reference in the Republican was wholly unauthorized and that he hoped Lincoln would not permit publication of their correspondence.