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

To William M. Dickson [1]

Hon: W. M. Dickson Springfield,
My dear Sir Oct. 17. 1859

Well, the election in Ohio is over; and there is nothing to regret but the loss of Cincinnati & Hamilton county. Pecuniarily, I suppose it is better for you to be remitted to the bar. The general result in the state---and in the other states---is, indeed, glorious. Now, let our friends bear, and forbear, and not quarrel over the spoils.

Page  491We were very glad to learn by your letter that your children were through the danger of Scarlet fever. Tell cousin Annie [2] that her cousin Ann, [3] here, now has it among her children. Otherwise the relations here are well. Give our love [to] Uncle Dr. Parker, [4] and particularly to our Republican Aunt. [5] Yours very truly



[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. William M. Dickson, prominent Cincinnati Republican attorney who had been appointed by Governor Salmon P. Chase to fill an unexpired term as judge of the Common Pleas Court of Hamilton County, Ohio, had retired on November 7, 1859. Lincoln had made his acquaintance on the occasion of the speech at Cincinnati, September 17, and together with Mrs. Lincoln had visited in the Dickson home the next day.

[2]   Dickson's wife, Annie M. (Parker) Dickson.

[3]   Ann (Todd) Smith, wife of Clark M. Smith and younger sister of Mrs. Lincoln.

[4]   Dickson's father-in-law and Mrs. Lincoln's uncle, Dr. John Todd Parker of Lexington, Kentucky.

[5]   Possibly Dickson's mother-in-law, Jane L. (Allen) Parker, but evidence of her Republican political preferences is lacking.