To Benjamin F. James 
The paper at Pekin  has nominated Hardin for Governor; and, commenting on this, the Alton paper,  indirectly nominates him for Congress. It would give Hardin a great start, and perhaps use me up, if the whig papers of the District should nominate him for Congress. If your feelings towards me are the same as when I saw you (which I have no reason to doubt) I wish you would let nothing appear in your paper which may opperate against me. You understand.
Matters stand just as they did when I saw you. Baker is certainly off of the track, and I fear Hardin intends to be on it.
In relation to the business you wrote me of, some time since, I suppose the Marshall called on you; and we think it can be adjusted, at court, to the satisfaction of you & friend Thompson. 
[A. LINCOLN] 
 ALS, MH.
 Lincoln was in error. See his correction in the next letter to James (infra). James was editor of the Tazewell Whig published at Tremont, near Pekin, Illinois.
 The Alton Telegraph and Democratic Review.
 Philo Hale Thompson, a merchant of Pekin.
 Signature has been cut off the original manuscript.