Dear Sir: July 25. 1858
Owing to my absence yours of the 19th. was not sooner received and answered. A proposal of mine is before Judge Douglas to divide time, and both address the same audiences. Till I know the result, I can not say when I can visit Carlinville, being inclined to do so at the earliest day possible. I will write again, when I shall be informed on the point.
Please show this to Hon. J. M. Palmer, for whom I partly intend it. Yours truly A. LINCOLN---