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

To Charles Hoyt [1]

Mr. Charles Hoyt Clinton, DeWitt Co.
Dear Sir: Nov. 10. 1854

You used to express a good deal of partiality for me; and if you are still so, now is the time. Some friends here are really for me, for the U.S. Senate; and I should be very grateful if you could make a mark for me among your members. Please write me at all events, giving me the names, post-offices, and ``political position'' of members round about you. Direct to Springfield.

Let this be confidential. Yours truly A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Charles Hoyt was a prominent merchant and mill owner at Aurora, Illinois. In July 1850, Lincoln had represented Hoyt in an important lawsuit involving a patent on a water wheel. Hoyt replied on November 20 and 27 giving the information Lincoln requested (DLC-RTL).