Abraham Lincoln to Isaac Williams, 24 April 18461
Friend Williams:
When I saw you at Washington, I unde[rs]tood that it might be inconvenient to ^for ^ you to attend t[he] Petersburg convention–2 I have become a little more anxious since I saw you, that the convention shall be full; and I write this to let you know that if it is inconcvenient for you to attend, our friend, B. F. James, will willingly go as a substitute for you– Please be sure to attend, "or send a hand"
Yours trulyA. Lincoln
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SPRINGFIELD Ill.[Illinois]
APR[April] 25
Mr Isaac WilliamsWashingtonTazewell Co..Illinois–
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A Lincoln
24 Apl[April]/46[1846]
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter. Isaac Williams wrote the docketing on the last page.
2Abraham Lincoln was vying to represent the Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The District included the counties of Cass, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Putnam, Sangamon, Scott, Tazewell, and Woodford. The Whig District nominating convention was scheduled for May 1, 1846.
Howard W. Allen and Vincent A. Lacey, eds., Illinois Elections, 1818-1990 (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992), 126; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 12 March 1846, 2:1.

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).