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

To P. Quinn Harrison [1]

P. Quinn, Harrison. Springfield,
Dear Sir: Nov. 3. 1859

I have reason to doubt that our friends are doing the best they can about the election. Still, you can do some more, if you will. A young man, before the enemy has learned to watch him, can do more than any other. Pitch in and try. Palmer is good and true, and deserves the best vote we can give him. If you can make your precinct 20 votes better than it was last we probably shall redeem the county. Try. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-F, The Bulletin of the California State Society Sons of the Revolution, XVI, 4 (October-December, 1937). Peachy Quinn Harrison, son of Lincoln's friend Peyton Harrison and grandson of Peter Cartwright, had been defended by Lincoln a few weeks earlier in a famous murder case, being acquitted on September 3 in the Sangamon County Circuit Court of the murder of Greek Crafton.Page  493

Harrison had stabbed his brother-in-law Crafton in an altercation over politics, and Crafton died a few days later. Peter Cartwright's testimony concerning Crafton's deathbed forgiveness of his slayer was perhaps largely responsible for the jury's verdict.