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

To Lyman Trumbull [1]

Hon. Lyman Trumbull Springfield, Dec. 25, 1859

Dear Sir: About the 15th. by direction of Mr. Judd, I sent a letter and inclosures to him, addressed to your care; and I have not yet learned whether he received it. [2]

I have carefully read your speech; [3] and I judge that, by the interruptions it came out a much better speech than you expectedPage  513 to make when you began. It really is an excellent one, many of the points being most admirably made.

I was in the inside of the Post-Office last evening when a mail came bringing a considerable number of your documents; and the Post-Master said to me ``These will be put in the boxes, and half will never be called for. If Trumbull would send them to me I would distribute a hundred to where he will get ten distributed this way.'' I said, shall I write this to Trumbull. He replied ``If you choose you may.'' I believe he was sincere; but you will judge of that for yourself. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   See letters to Judd and to Dole, Hubbard and Brown, December 14, supra.

[3]   Trumbull's speech in the Senate, December 8, 1859, dealt with the principles of the Republican Party.