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

To Lyman Trumbull [1]

Hon. Lyman Trumbull. Bloomington, Dec. 28. 1857-

Dear Sir: What does the New-York Tribune mean by it's constant eulogising, and admiring, and magnifying [of] [2] Douglas? Does it, in this, speak the sentiments of the republicans at Washington? Have they concluded that the republican cause, generally, can be best promoted by sacraficing us here in Illinois? If so we would like to know it soon; it will save us a great deal of labor to surrender at once.

As yet I have heared of no republican here going over to Douglas; but if the Tribune continues to din his praises into the ears of it's five or ten thousand republican readers in Illinois, it is more than can be hoped that all will stand firm.

I am not complaining. I only wish a fair understanding. Please write me at Springfield. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, CSmH. See Lincoln to Trumbull, November 30, supra, note 3.

[2]   Lincoln had written ``of'' but deleted it.