Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3 [Aug. 21, 1858-Mar. 4, 1860].

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Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3 [Aug. 21, 1858-Mar. 4, 1860].
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press

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"Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3 [Aug. 21, 1858-Mar. 4, 1860]." In the digital collection Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 23, 2024.


To Lyman Trumbull1Jump to section

Hon: L. Trumbull Springfield, Feb. 3. 1859

My dear Sir Yours of the 29th. is received. The article mentioned by you, prepared for the Chicago Journal,2Jump to section I have not seen; nor do I wish to see it, though I heard of it a month, or more, ago. Any effort to put enmity between you and me, is as idle as the wind. I do not for a moment doubt that you, Judd, Cook, Palmer,3Jump to section and the republicans generally, coming from the old democratic ranks, were as sincerely anxious for my success in the late contest, as I myself, and the old whig republicans were. And I beg to assure you, beyond all possible cavil, that you can scarcely be more anxious to be sustained two years hence than I am that you shall be

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so sustained. I can not conceive it possible for me to be a rival of yours, or to take sides against you in favor of any rival. Nor do I think there is much danger of the old democratic and whig elements of our party breaking into opposing factions. They certainly shall not, if I can prevent it.

I do not perceive that there is any feeling here about Cuba; and so I think, you can safely venture to act upon your own judgment upon any phase of it which may be presented.

The H.R. passed an apportionment bill yesterday---slightly better for [us] than the present in the Senate districts; but perfectly outrageous in the H.R. districts. It can be defeated without any revolutionary movement, unless the session be prolonged. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   The article is described in Trumbull's letter as being said to be the work of John Wentworth, designed to stir up bad feeling between ex-Whig and ex-Democrat in the party, but professing to be a justification by Charles L. Wilson, editor of the Journal, for having nominated Lincoln in the Republican convention (DLC-RTL).

[3]   Norman B. Judd, Burton C. Cook, and John M. Palmer were like Trumbull, ex-Democrats.

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