Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To John Bennett [1]

Friend Bennett: Springfield March 7- 1843-

Your letter of this day was handed me by Mr. Miles. [2] It is too late now to effect the object you desire. On yesterday morning the most of the whig members from this District got together and agreed to hold the convention at Tremont in Tazewell county. I am sorry to hear that any of the whigs of your county, or, indeed of any county, should longer be against conventions.

On last Wednesday evening a meeting of all the whigs then here from all parts of the State was held, and the question of the propriety of conventions was brought up and fully discussed, and at the end of the discussion, a resolution reccommending the system of conventions to all the whigs of the State, was unanamously adopted. [3] Other Resolutions also were passed, all of which will appear in the next Journal. The meeting also appointed a committee to draft an address to the People of the State which address will also appear in the next Journal. [4] In it, you will find a brief argument in favour of conventions; and although I wrote it myself, I will say to you, that it is conclusive upon this point---that it, can not be reasonably answered.

The right way for you to do, is to hold your meeting and appoint delegates any how; and if there be any who will not take part, let it be so. The matter will work so well this time that even they who now oppose will come in next time.

The convention is to be held at Tremont on the 5th. April, and according to the rule we have adopted your county is to have two delegates---being double the number of your representatives. [5]

Page  319If there be any good whig who is disposed still to stick out against conventions, get him at least to read the argument in their favour in the address. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS. Bennett was a friend of Lincoln's in New Salem and now resided at Petersburg.

[2]   George U. Miles, Menard County Whig.

[3]   Supra, under date of March 1.

[4]   Supra, under date of March 4.

[5]   The convention was postponed to May 1 and the meeting place changed to Pekin, Illinois.

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