Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Lyman Trumbull [1]

Private, & confidential Hon. L. Trumbull. Springfield, Ills. Dec. 10. 1860

My dear Sir: Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again. The dangerous ground---that into which some of our friends have a hankering to run---is Pop. Sov. Have nonePage  150 of it. Stand firm. The tug has to come, & better now, than any time hereafter. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, CSmH. Trumbull's letter of December 4 voiced surprise ``that the House voted to raise a committee on the State of the Union. It seems to me that for Republicans to take steps towards getting up committees on proposing new compromises . . . would be wrong. . . . '' (DLC-RTL). See Lincoln to Kellogg, December 11, infra.