Abraham Lincoln to John J. Hardin, 11 May 18431Springfield, May 11th 1843–Friend Hardin:
Butler informs me that he received a letter from you, in which you express some doubt as to whether the whigs of Sangamon will support you cordially–2 You may, at once, dismiss all fears on that subject– We have already resolved to make a particular effort to give you the very largest majority possible in our county– From this, no whig of the county dissents– We have many objects for doing ^it^ this– We make it a matter of honor and pride to do it; we do it, because we love the whig cause; we do it, because we like you personally; and last, we wish to convince you, that we do not bear that hatred to Morgan county, that your people have so long seemed to im immagine– You will see by the journal of this week that we propose, upon pain of losing a Barbecue, to give you twice as great a majority in this county as you shall receive in your own– I got up the proposal–
Who of the five appointed, is to write the District address? I did the labour of writing one address this year; and got thunder for my reward–3 Nothing new here–Yours as everA. LincolnP. S. I wish you would measure one of the longest of [
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1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. He also authored the address on the back page, which was folded to create an envelope.
2In the winter of 1842-43, Abraham Lincoln sought nomination to run as a Whig for the congressional seat in the Seventh District. Edward D. Baker, however, got the endorsement of the Sangamon County Whigs. At the district convention in May, John J. Hardin would defeat Baker for the nomination.
Abraham Lincoln to Joshua F. Speed; Abraham Lincoln to Martin S. Morris; Proceedings of Whig Convention at Pekin, Illinois regarding Candidates for Congress; Illinois Register (Springfield), 17 March 1843, 1:6; 24 March 1843, 2:4; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 6 April 1843, 2:4; Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 1:215-18.
3Lincoln authored a letter to the people of Illinois from himself, Stephen T. Logan, and Albert T. Bledsoe, which was published in Illinois Whig newspapers.
4Lincoln is referring to the swords that were to be used in his narrowly-averted 1842 duel with James Shields.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).