Upon presenting this note  to Gen. Whiteside, and stating verbally that it was an agreement to meet him at the time he mentioned, at Louisiana, Missouri, he replied:---
``Lincoln, I can not accept any thing from him now. I have business at St. Louis: and it is as near as Louisiana.''
Dr. Merryman requests me, as he understands you are going away, to give you notice, that he will publish the correspondence which has passed between you and him, with such comments as he shall think proper.
Upon making the above statement verbally to Gen. Whiteside, he replied:---``I am going away when it suits my convenience; but I expect Dr. Merryman, as an honorable man, to meet me at St. Louis. We then shall be untrammeled by the laws of this State.''