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

To Andrew McCallen [1]

Hon. A. McCallen Springfield June 19, 1858

My dear Sir, Yours of the 12th. by the hand of Mr. Edwards [2] was duly received. I conversed several times quite freely with Mr. Olney. [3] I do not perceive that we here, or the general convention here could rightfully determine any thing between Messrs Olney & Wiley. [4] You in the District must fix that.

Let me make a remark not suggested by your letter. I think too much reliance is placed in noisy demonstrations---importing speakers from a distance and the like. They excite prejudice and close the avenues to sober reason. The ``home production'' principle in my judgement is the best. You and Sexton [5] and Olney and others whose hearts are in the work should quietly form your plans and carry them out energetically among your own neighbors. You perceive my idea; and I really think it the best. Yours very truly



[1]   Copy, DLC-HW.

[2]   John W. Edwards of Shawneetown, Illinois, publisher of the Southern Illinoisan, who came to Springfield as a delegate to the Republican convention.

[3]   John Olney of Shawneetown, also a delegate.

[4]   Benjamin L. Wiley of Jonesboro, a candidate for Congress until September, when he withdrew.

[5]   Orville Sexton, state representative from Gallatin County 1844-1845 and 1851-1852.