Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  128

To L. Montgomery Bond [1]

PRIVATE
L. Montgomery Bond, Esq Springfield, Ills.
My dear Sir: Oct--- 15. 1860

Yours of the 1st. has been at hand some days You ask ``In the event of your election to the Presidency, and of the election of a majority of Republicans to the next congress would you countenance radicalism to the extent of embittering the feelings of our Southern bretheren.'' I certainly am in no temper, and have no purpose, to embitter the feelings of the South; but whether I am inclined to such a course as would, in fact, embitter their feelings, you can better judge by my published speeches, than by anything I would say in a short letter, if I were inclined now, as I am not, to define my position anew. Yours truly A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Lewis Montgomery Bond was a tea merchant at Philadelphia who had formerly been in business in New Orleans. His letter is not in the Lincoln Papers.