Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  419

To Richard Yates [1]

Friend Yates: Washington, December 10, 1847.

I presented your claim to Douglass [2] this morning; he says it is all right and that he will pay it in a few days. When he shall have done so, you will hear from me at once.

Things have not advanced far enough to enable me to tell you much in the way of politics, more than you see in the papers. I believe Mr. Calhoun [3] and what force he can control are preparing to support Gen. Taylor [4] for the Presidency. I get this impression from conversations with Duff Greene, [5] who boards at the same house I do. There are, however, a great many Whigs here who do not wish to go for Taylor, and some of whom I fear can not be brought to do it. There are still many others of them who are strong for him, among whom I class Mr. Crittenden, [6] although he does not expressly say so. I shall be pleased to have a line from you occasionally. Yours truly, A. LINCOLN.

ALS, John & Richard Henderson


[1]   Printed in ``Lincoln,'' a speech of Honorable Richard Yates of Illinois in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1921.

[2]   Stephen A. Douglas gave Lincoln a check for $167.00, on December 21, 1847, drawn on Corcoran & Riggs.

[3]   John C. Calhoun of South Carolina.

[4]   Zachary Taylor.

[5]   Politician and editor, member of Andrew Jackson's ``Kitchen Cabinet,'' but a supporter of Henry Clay in 1832 and John C. Calhoun in 1836.

[6]   Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky.