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

To Mark W. Delahay [1]

M. W. Delahay, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir March 4, 1859.

Your second letter in relation to my being with you at your Republican convention, was duly received. It is not at hand just now, but I had the impression from it that the convention was to be at Leavenworth; but day before yesterday a friend handed me a letter from Judge M. F. Conway, [2] in which he also expresses a wish for me to come; and he fixes the place at Ossawatomie. This I believe is off of the river, and will require more time and labor to get to it.

It will push me hard to get there without injury to my own business; but I shall try to do it, though I am not yet quite certain I shall succeed.

Page  372I should like to know before coming, that while some of you wish me to come, there may not be others, who would quite as lief I would stay away. Write me again. Yours as ever



[1]   ALS, ORB. Delahay replied, March 15, that ``the Democrats perhaps would rather you would not be with us. . . . You have more friends in Kansas and better friends than any living man.'' (DLC-RTL)

[2]   Martin F. Conway of Lawrence, Kansas, first U.S. representative from Kansas, who did not take his seat in Congress until the admission of Kansas in 1861. Lincoln also wrote to Conway on March 4, letter not extant, and Conway replied on March 16 that ``no one whose favor is of any value, amongst us, will feel otherwise than pleased with your presence at our Convention.'' (DLC-RTL)