Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Hawkins Taylor [1]

Hawkins Taylor, Esq Springfield, Ills,
My dear Sir: Sep. 6. 1859.

Yours of the 3rd. is just received. There is some mistake about my expected attendance of the U.S. Court in your city on the 3rd.

Page  400Tuesday of this month. I have had no thought of being there. It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last. It would please me much to see the City, and good people, of Keokuck, but for this year it is little less than an impossibility. I am constantly receiving invitations which I am compelled to decline. I was pressingly urged to go to Minnesota; and I now have two invitations to go to Ohio. These last are prompted by Douglas' going there; and I am really tempted to make a flying trip to Columbus & Cincinnati.

I do hope you will have no serious trouble in Iowa. What thinks Grimes [2] about it? I have not known him to be mistaken about an election in Iowa. Present my respects to Col. Curtis, [3] & any other friends; and believe me Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, IaHA. Hawkins Taylor of Keokuk, Iowa, was a prominent Republican who had served in the Iowa House of Representatives.

[2]   James W. Grimes.

[3]   Samuel R. Curtis, former mayor of Keokuk and Republican U.S. representative from Iowa, 1857-1861.