Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  387

To Robert S. Boal [1]

Dr. R. Boal Springfield,
Dear Sir: Decr. 25. 1856

Yours of the 22nd. is just received.

I suppose the ``Chenery House'' is likely to be the Republican Head Quarters. I find the best that can be done there is to give you the room you had two years ago, or one like it, at $21 per week, with fire and light, for the two persons. I do not believe you can do better, at any of the Hotels. If you conclude to take it, Mr. Chenery wishes you to write him immediately.

When I was at Chicago two weeks ago I saw Mr. Arnold; [2] and from a remark of his, I inferred he was thinking of the Speakership, though I think he was not anxious about it. He seemed most anxious for harmony generally, and particularly that the contested seats from Peoria and McDonough might be rightly determined.

Since I came home I had a talk with Cullom, [3] one of our American representatives here; and he says he is for you for Speaker, and also that he thinks, all the Americans will be for you, unless it be Gorin [4] of Macon, of whom he can not speak.

If you would like to be Speaker go right up and see Arnold. He is talented, a practiced debater; and, I think, would do himself more credit on the floor, than in the Speaker's seat. Go and see him; and if you think fit, show him this letter. Your friend as ever



[1]   ALS, owned by H. T. Morgan, Peoria, Illinois.

[2]   Isaac N. Arnold, representative from Cook County.

[3]   Shelby M. Cullom.

[4]   Jerome R. Gorin.