My dear Sir July 29 1859
Your letter of the 2nd. came to hand in due course. If you have reliable assurances that you can be elected to congress in this District, you unquestionably are the man for us to run. Still I do not think any Republican committee is authorized to decide who shall be the candidate. A convention, or common consent, are the only legitimate party tribunals to decide such questions. I have no doubt that if you can satisfy the Republican party of the District that you can carry the election,---you can have the chance of trying.
Yours very truly A. LINCOLN---