My dear Sir: Dec. 9. 1859
Your kind invitation to me to visit Lawrence, was handed me at Leavenworth on Saturday the 3rd. Inst. I was advertised to speak there that evening and also on Monday the 5th; so that it was not possible for me to be at Lawrence before, or at, the election. I supposedPage 505 there was not sufficient object for me to go after the election, through the excessive cold.
Please present my respects, and make my acknowledgments, to the other gentlemen, who joined you in the inv[it]ation, and accept the same for yourself. Very truly yours A. LINCOLN