The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

On Out-Of-State Campaigners to William Grimes. Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1856

Your’s of the 29th of June was duly received. I did not answer it because it plagued me. This morning I received another from Judd and Peck, written by consultation with you. Now let me tell you why I am plagued:

1. I can hardly spare the time.

2. I am superstitious. I have scarcely known a party preceding an election to call in help from the neighboring States but they lost the State. Last fall, our friends had Wade, of Ohio, and others, in Maine; and they lost the State. Last spring our adversaries had New Hampshire full of South Carolinians, and they lost the State. And so, generally, it seems to stir up more enemies than friends.

Have the enemy called in any foreign help? If they have a foreign champion there I should have no objection to drive a nail in his track. I shall reach Chicago on the night of the 15th, to attend to a little business in court. Consider the things I have suggested, and write me at Chicago. Especially write me whether Browning consents to visit you.

Your obedient servant,

A. LINCOLN.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "On Out-Of-State Campaigners to William Grimes. Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1856," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858 Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D35DZKMSKZKCX4W.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "On Out-Of-State Campaigners to William Grimes. Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1856." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D35DZKMSKZKCX4W.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'On Out-Of-State Campaigners to William Grimes. Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1856' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D35DZKMSKZKCX4W.