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

To John M. Palmer [1]

Hon: J. M. Palmer. Springfield,
Dear Sir: Aug: 1, 1856

It is our judgment that whether you do or do not finally stand as a candidate for Congress, it is better for you to not to publicly decline for a while.

It is a long time till the election; and what may turn up no one can tell. Yours truly ``A. LINCOLN--- W. H. HERNDON''



[1]   ALS, The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia and New York.

[2]   Dr. William Jayne, son of Dr. Gershom Jayne, followed his father's medical practice in Springfield and became also a leading Republican.