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

To William Schouler [1]

Washington, August 28, 1848.

Friend Schooler.---Your letter of the 21st was received two or three days ago, and for which please accept my thanks, both for your courtesy and the encouraging news in it. The news we are receiving here now from all parts is on the look-up. We have had several letters from Ohio to-day, all encouraging. Two of them inform us that Hon. C. B. Smith, on his way here, addressed a larger and more enthusiastic audience, at Cincinnati, than has been seen in that city since 1840. Smith himself wrote one of the letters; and he says the signs are decidedly good. Letters from the Reserve are of the same character. The tone of the letters---free from despondency---full of hope---is what particularly encourages me. If a man is scared when he writes, I think I can detect it, when I see what he writes.

I would rather not be put upon explaining how Logan [2] was defeated in my district. In the first place I have no particulars from there, my friends, supposing I am on the road home, not having written me. Whether there was a full turn out of the voters I have as yet not learned. The most I can now say is that a good many Whigs, without good cause, as I think, were unwilling to go for

Page  519Logan, and some of them so wrote me before the election. On the other hand Harris [3] was a Major of the war, and fought at Cerro Gordo, where several Whigs of the district fought with him. These two facts and their effects, I presume tell the whole story. That there is any political change against us in the district I cannot believe; because I wrote some time ago to every county of the district for an account of changes; and, in answer I got the names of four against us, eighty-three for us. I dislike to predict, but it seems to me the district must and will be found right side up again in November. Yours truly, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   James Schouler, ``Abraham Lincoln at Tremont Temple in 1848,'' Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, XLII, 80 (January-February, 1909).

[2]   Stephen T. Logan's support of Lincoln's record in congress was a liability in his race to succeed Lincoln, but Lincoln seems not to have been convinced of the trend recounted by Herndon (Lincoln to Herndon, July 10, 1848, supra).

[3]   Thomas L. Harris of Petersburg, Illinois.