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

To Joseph Gillespie [1]

J. Gillespie, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir Dec: 1- 1854

I have really got it into my head to try to be United States Senator; and if I could have your support my chances would be reasonably good. But I know, and acknowledge, that you have as just claims to the place as I have; and therefore I do not ask you to yield to me, if you are thinking of becoming a candidate yourself. If, however, you are not, then I should like to be remembered affectionately by you; and also, to have you make a mark for me with the Anti-Nebraska members, down your way. If you know, and have no objection to tell, let me know whether Trumbull [2] intends to make a push. If he does, I suppose the two men in St. Clair, and one or both in Madison will be for him.

We have the Legislature clearly enough on joint ballot; but the Senate is very close; and Calhoun [3] told me to-day that the Nebraska men will stave off the election if they can. Even if we get into joint vote, we shall have difficulty to unite our forces.

Please write me, and let this be confidential Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, MoSHi.

[2]   Lyman Trumbull had just been elected to congress as an anti-Nebraska man.

[3]   John Calhoun of Sangamon County.