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

To Lyman Trumbull [1]

Hon. Lyman Trumbull Springfield,
My dear Sir: June 23, 1858

Your letter of the 16th. reached me only yesterday. We had already seen, by Telegraph, a report of Douglas' general onslaught upon every body but himself. [2] I have this morning seen the Washington Union, in which I think the Judge is rather worsted in regard to that onslaught.

In relation to the charge of an alliance between the Republicans and Buchanan men in this state, if being rather pleased to see aPage  472 division in the ranks of the democracy, and not doing anything to prevent it, be such alliance, then there is such alliance---at least that is true of me. But if it be intended to charge that there is any alliance by which there is to be any concession of principle on either side, or furnishing of the sinews, or partition of offices, or swopping of votes, to any extent; or the doing of anything, great or small, on the one side, for a consideration, express or implied, on the other, no such thing is true so far as I know or believe.

Before this reaches you, you will have seen the proceedings of our Republican State Convention. It was really a grand affair, and was, in all respects, all that our friends could desire.

The resolution in effect nominating me for Senator I suppose was passed more for the object of closing down upon this everlasting croaking about Wentworth, than anything else.

The signs look reasonably well. Our State ticket, I think, will be elected without much difficulty. But, with the advantages they have of us, we shall be very hard run to carry the Legislature.

We shall greet your return home with great pleasure. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   Douglas' speech in the Senate, June 15, 1858, denounced a supposed plot between Republicans and Buchanan Democrats to divide the Democratic party in Illinois and elect Republicans to all offices, including that of United States Senator.