To John Mathers 
My dear Sir: July 20 1858
Your kind and interesting letter of the 19th. was duly received. Your suggestions as to placing one's self on the offensive, rather than the defensive, are certainly correct. That is a point which I shall not disregard. I spoke here on Saturday-night. The speech, not very well reported, appears in the State Journal of this morning. You, doubtless, will see it; and I hope you will perceive in it, that I am already improving. I would mail you a copy now, but I have not one at hand.
I thank you for your letter; and shall be pleased to hear from you again. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN---