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

To Josiah M. Lucas [1]

Springfield, February 9, 1860.

My dear Sir: Your late letter, suggesting, among other things, that I might aid your election as postmaster, by writing to Mr.

Page  518Burlingame, [2] was duly received the day the Speaker was elected; so that I had no hope a letter of mine could reach Mr. B. before your case would be decided, as it turned out in fact it could not. We are all much gratified here to see you are elected. We consider you our peculiar friend at court.

I shall be glad to receive a letter from you at any time you can find leisure to write one. Yours very truly, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   NH, V, 291. Lincoln's old friend Josiah M. Lucas was elected to the postmastership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

[2]   Anson Burlingame, representative from Massachusetts.