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

To Lyman Trumbull [1]

Hon: L. Trumbull Springfield, Feb. 3. 1859

My dear Sir Yours of the 29th. is received. The article mentioned by you, prepared for the Chicago Journal, [2] I have not seen; nor do I wish to see it, though I heard of it a month, or more, ago. Any effort to put enmity between you and me, is as idle as the wind. I do not for a moment doubt that you, Judd, Cook, Palmer, [3] and the republicans generally, coming from the old democratic ranks, were as sincerely anxious for my success in the late contest, as I myself, and the old whig republicans were. And I beg to assure you, beyond all possible cavil, that you can scarcely be more anxious to be sustained two years hence than I am that you shall bePage  356 so sustained. I can not conceive it possible for me to be a rival of yours, or to take sides against you in favor of any rival. Nor do I think there is much danger of the old democratic and whig elements of our party breaking into opposing factions. They certainly shall not, if I can prevent it.

I do not perceive that there is any feeling here about Cuba; and so I think, you can safely venture to act upon your own judgment upon any phase of it which may be presented.

The H.R. passed an apportionment bill yesterday---slightly better for [us] than the present in the Senate districts; but perfectly outrageous in the H.R. districts. It can be defeated without any revolutionary movement, unless the session be prolonged. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   The article is described in Trumbull's letter as being said to be the work of John Wentworth, designed to stir up bad feeling between ex-Whig and ex-Democrat in the party, but professing to be a justification by Charles L. Wilson, editor of the Journal, for having nominated Lincoln in the Republican convention (DLC-RTL).

[3]   Norman B. Judd, Burton C. Cook, and John M. Palmer were like Trumbull, ex-Democrats.