Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Alexander Sympson, Esq. Springfield, Dec. 12, 1858.

My dear Sir: I expect the result of the election went hard with you. So it did with me, too, perhaps not quite so hard as you may have supposed. I have an abiding faith that we shall beat them in the long run. Step by step the objects of the leaders will become too plain for the people to stand them. I write merely to let you know that I am neither dead nor dying. Please give my respects to your good family, and all inquiring friends. Yours as ever,