ALS copy, DLC-RTL. Ichabod Codding was a noted abolition and temperance lecturer who was one of the most active leaders in the new Republican party movement in Illinois, often referred to contemporaneously as ``fusionists.'' The predominance of abolitionists among the fusionists gave Lincoln some uncertainty as to his willingness to join forces with them. At this point Lincoln was willing to co-operate with them, but refused to join them.
 An anti-Nebraska Republican convention had been held at Springfield on October 4-5; Lincoln did not attend.