Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  416

To Joseph Gillespie [1]

Illinois Central Railroad Company,
Hon: J. Gillespie Superintendent's Office,
My dear Sir Centralia, Sept. 16. 1858.

Since parting with you I see by the papers that the Americans and Republicans of New-York failed to form a union, and have nominated seperate tickets. This fact may be seized upon to help prevent a union in Madison Co., and I am more than ever anxious that you should be at home Saturday to do what you can. Please do not fail to go.

The meeting at Jonesborough yesterday was not large; but, in other matters, altogether respectable. I will venture to say that our friends were a little better satisfied with the result than our adversaries. You will see particulars in the papers.

Be sure to go home to the meeting on Saturday. Yours as ever

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi.No reply from Gillespie has been found. Lincoln saw Gillespie when he spoke at Edwardsville, Illinois, on September 11.