Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Ozias M. Hatch [1]

``Cypher''
Hon. O. M. Hatch Executive Mansion,
Springfield, Ills. Washington, Feb. 23, 1864.

I would be very glad, but really I do not perceive how I can reconcile the difficulty you mention. Will try to write you soon.

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, RPB. Lincoln's telegram was sent in reply to a ``confidential'' letter from Hatch, February 16, 1864:

``Several of the friends of General [Richard J.] Oglesby, and Mr Dubois, ---Uncle Jesse---would dislike very much to see an ugly contest between them, before the convention, for the nomination as candidate for governor.

Page  202``They now appear to be more prominent than other candidates,---both are qualified. . . but one can be nominated. The succeeding four years may be as pregnant with great events as the last three years. . . and it is of the utmost importance to the Government as well as to the State, that the interests of both, be entrusted to experienced hands. . . .

``For me, I feel certain, that Illinois is loyal, and will demonstrate it, not only in the convention, but at the polls---in November. I am certain that Jesse desires the nomination much,---and knowing. . . there is no man more conversant, with the affairs, or interests, of the state than he is---I feel that they would be entirely safe, in his hands. . . . We are certain that you can, if you will, reconcile these difficulties, and hope you will do so. I say we, because I have conversed with many of our friends upon the subject.'' (DLC-RTL).

General Oglesby was nominated on May 25 by the Republican state convention and was subsequently elected governor of Illinois over the Democratic candidate James C. Robinson.