Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
John C. Bagby, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir: Sep. 6. 1858

Mr. Hatch [2] tells me you write rather in a discouraged tone as to your own election. That wont do. You must be elected. Must is the word. Make known to the committee at Chicago the amount and nature of the help you can make available, and I expect they will furnish it. But, by all means, dont say ``if I can''; say ``I will.''

Yours truly A. LINCOLN