Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Friend Hull: Springfield, Feby. 14- 1843.

Your county and ours are almost sure to be placed in the same congressional district. I would like to be it's Representative; still circumstances may happen to prevent my even being a candidate. If, however, there are any whigs in Tazewell who would as soon I should represent them as any other person, I would be glad they would not cast me aside until they see and hear further what turn things take.

Page  307Do not suppose, Esqr. that in addressing this letter to you, I assume that you will be for me against all other whigs; I only mean, that I know you to be my personal friend, a good whig, and an honorable man, to whom I may, without fear, communicate a fact which I wish my particular friends (if I have any) to know.

There is nothing new here now worth telling. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN