To William Kellogg 
My dear Sir--- Dec. 11. 1860
Entertain no proposition for a compromise in regard to the extension of slavery. The instant you do, they have us under again; all our labor is lost, and sooner or later must be done over. Douglas is sure to be again trying to bring in his ``Pop. Sov.'' Have none of it. The tug has to come & better now than later.
You know I think the fugitive slave clause of the constitution ought to be enforced---to put it on the mildest form, ought not to be resisted. In haste Yours as ever A. LINCOLN
 ALS, IHi. Kellogg wrote on December 6, advising Lincoln of the action of the House in raising a committee, of which he was a member, `` . . . to consider that part of the President's Message in relation to the secession of the Cotton States. . . . '' and asking Lincoln's suggestions `` . . . in relation to the remedy for the present difficulties. . . . ''(DLC-RTL).