Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  226

To Richard Yates [1]

Hon. R. Yates, Springfield,
Jacksonville, Ill. August 18, 1854.

My dear Sir: I am disappointed at not having seen or heard from you since I met you more than a week ago at the railroad depot here. I wish to have the matter we spoke of settled and working to its consummation. I understand that our friend B. S. Edwards is entirely satisfied now, and when I can assure myself of this perfectly I would like, by your leave, to get an additional paragraph into the Journal, about as follows:

``To-day we place the name of Hon. Richard Yates at the head of our columns for reelection as the Whig candidate for this congressional district. We do this without consultation with him and subject to the decision of a Whig convention, should the holding of one be deemed necessary; hoping, however, there may be unanimous acquiescence without a convention.''

May I do this? Answer by return mail. [2] Yours, as ever,



[1]   ALS, Christie 1993 Printed in ``Lincoln,'' a speech of Honorable Richard Yates of Illinois in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1921.

[2]   Yates came to Springfield for consultation, and on August 22, the Illinois Journal announced his candidacy in approximately the manner of Lincoln's suggestion. No convention was held.