Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
H. D. Sharpe, Esq Springfield, Dec. 8. 1858

Dear Sir Your very kind letter of Novr. 9th. was duly received. I do not know that you expected or desired an answer; but glancing over the contents of yours again, I am prompted to say that while I desired the result of the late canvass to have been different, I still regard it as an exceeding small matter. I think we have fairly entered upon a durable struggle as to whether this nation is to ultimately become all slave or all free, and though I fall early in the contest, it is nothing if I shall have contributed, in the least degree, to the final rightful result. Respectfully yours

A. LINCOLN.