Abraham Lincoln to Silas Noble, 25 May 1848Washington, May 25, 1848.Friend Noble:
Your letter of the 16th is just received.1 I will place your name on my book, and send you such documents as you desire, when I can get them. The entire war correspondence is in course of printing, and will be the best electioneering document, when completed. I will then send you a copy of it.
You ask how Turner stands. I answer, moderate—fair—about an average of new members.
I have procured a couple of copies of Stewart’s speech and sent you,2 and he and I join cordially in the hope, that your hope of McLean’s nomination may be disappointed—not that we wish you disappointed in the abstract, nor that we have anything against Judge McLean; but because we are entirely sure he is not “a winning card.” 3Your sincere friend,A. Lincoln.
2Lincoln was most likely referencing Andrew Stewart’s speech delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 13, 1847, in the midst of debate on the so-called Three Million Dollar Bill and negotiations to end the Mexican War.
“Speech of Mr. Stewart, of Pennsylvania, on the Three Million Appropriation Bill, and the Mexican War. Delivered in the House of Representatives of the U.S., Feb. 13, 1847” (Washington, DC: J & G. S. Gideon, 1847); Cong. Globe, 29th Cong., 2nd Sess., Appendix, 371-74 (1847); “An Act Making Further Appropriation to Bring the Existing War with Mexico to a Speedy and Honorable Conclusion,” 3 March 1847, Statutes at Large of the United States 9 (1862):174.
3Lincoln references John McLean’s hopes of receiving the Whig Party’s nomination for president in the 1848 federal election. Movement in favor of McLean began as early as 1845.
Michael F. Holt, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 261; Timothy L. Hall, Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (New York: Facts on File, 2001), 81; Richard L. Aynes, "McLean, John," American National Biography, ed. by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 15:143.
Copy of Printed Transcription, 1 page(s), Telegraph and Herald (Dixon, IL), 31 August 1871,1:2.