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

To Elihu B. Washburne [1]

Hon. E. B. Washburne Springfield,
My dear Sir May 15. 1858.

Yours of the 6th. accompanied by yours of April 12th. to C.L. Wilson was received day-before-yesterday.

There certainly is nothing in the letter to Wilson, which I, in particular, or republicans in general, could complain of. Of that, I was quite satisfied before I saw the letter. I believe there has been no malicious intent to misrepresent you; I hope there is no longer any misunderstanding, and that the matter may drop.

Eight or ten days ago I wrote Kellogg from Beardstown. Get him to show you the letter. It gave my view of the field, as it appeared then. Nothing has occurred since, except that it grows more, and more quiet since the passage of the English contrivance.

The State Register, here, is evidently laboring to bring it's old friends into what the doctors call the ``comatose state''---that is, a sort of drowsy, dreamy condition, in which they may not perceive or remember that there has ever been, or is, any difference between Douglas & the President. This could be done, if the Buchanan men would allow it---which, however, the latter seem determined not to do.

I think our prospects gradually, and steadily, grow better; though we are not yet clear out of the woods by a great deal. There is still some effort to make trouble out of ``Americanism.'' If that were out of the way, for all the rest, I believe we should be ``out of the woods.'' Yours very truly



[1]   ALS, IHi.