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

To Archibald Williams [1]

Dear Williams: Washington, April 30. 1848.

I have not seen in the papers any evidence of a movement to send a delegate from your circuit to the June convention. I wish to sayPage  468 that I think it all important that a delegate should be sent. Mr. Clay's chance for an election, is just no chance at all. He might get NewYork; and that would have elected in 1844, but it will not now; because he must now, at the least, lose Tennessee, which he had then, and, in addition, the fifteen new votes of Florida, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I know our good friend Browning, [2] is a great admirer of Mr. Clay, and I therefore fear, he is favoring his nomination. If he is, ask him to discard feeling, and try if he can possibly, as a matter of judgment, count the votes necessary to elect him.

In my judgment, we can elect nobody but Gen; Taylor; and we can not elect him without a nomination. Therefore, dont fail to send a delegate. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, owned by Mrs. Martha W. Franklin, Quincy, Illinois.

[2]   Orville H. Browning.