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

To Benjamin F. James [1]

Friend James: Springfield, Nov: 17, 1845.

The paper at Pekin [2] has nominated Hardin for Governor; and, commenting on this, the Alton paper, [3] 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. [4]

[A. LINCOLN] [5]


[1]   ALS, MH.

[2]   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.

[3]   The Alton Telegraph and Democratic Review.

[4]   Philo Hale Thompson, a merchant of Pekin.

[5]   Signature has been cut off the original manuscript.