Abraham Lincoln to Joseph O. Glover, 9 August 18581
J. O. Glover, Esq.[Esquire]My Dear Sir:
Yours of the 4th, in answer to mine addressed to Mr. Cook, is received, and for which I thank you.2
I have written Lovejoy the same as I wrote Mr. Cook, and he answers substantially as you do.3
Things look reasonably well down this way. Friends write me from all the places where Douglas is speaking, and they all say he gains nothing. This shows at least that he does not scare and cowe our friends where he goes.
I shall be glad of a line from you at any time.4
Yours truly,A. LINCOLN.”
1This letter is attributed to Abraham Lincoln but no manuscript version with his signature has been located. According to the Ottawa Republican-Times which published this text, the transcription was prepared by Joseph O. Glover’s son, Henry T. Glover, who was in possession of the manuscript original at the time of its publication in 1908. The younger Glover was then preparing to bring the manuscript to Ottawa for display at a celebration of the anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate that had been held there. Beneath the publication of the letter was an account of the Ottawa Lincoln-Douglas Debate written in verse by former town resident C. K. Howard, which was followed by excerpts from a letter by Henry T. Glover which included his reminiscences of the debate and of Lincoln’s visit to the Glover family home following the event.
Ottawa Republican-Times (IL), 23 July 1908, 8:1-2; The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), 11 December 1891, 2:4.
2Lincoln’s letter to Burton C. Cook of August 2, 1858, had relayed the rumor of a movement to challenge Republican candidates in Bureau and La Salle counties in upcoming elections by running independent candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and Illinois General Assembly. Lincoln himself had been nominated at the 1858 Illinois Republican Convention to run against incumbent Stephen A. Douglas to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate. At this time the Illinois General Assembly elected the state’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, thus the races for the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois Senate were of particular importance to Lincoln’s campaign. See 1858 Federal Election.
Glover responded on behalf of an absent Cook on August 4, 1858, and expressed his confidence that Bureau and La Salle counties would elect Republicans to the Illinois General Assembly who supported Lincoln. Glover was correct in his prediction. Bureau County comprised the Forty-Seventh Illinois House District, where Republican John H. Bryant was elected in 1858, and La Salle County was in the Forty-Third Illinois House District, in which Republicans Alexander Campbell and Richardson S. Hick won their races as well. Incumbent Republican Owen Lovejoy was also successful in his reelection bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Third Congressional District of Illinois, which included both counties.
Allen C. Guelzo, “Houses Divided: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Political Landscape of 1858,” The Journal of American History 94 (September 2007), 392-99, 400-401; Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 1:457-58; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 219-20, 222; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 4 November 1858, 3:2; Chicago Daily Press and Tribune (IL), 5 November 1858, 1:3; Howard W. Allen and Vincent A. Lacey, eds., Illinois Elections, 1818-1990 (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992), 11, 142.
3Lincoln’s letter to Lovejoy of August 2, 1858, has not been located, but Lovejoy acknowledged receipt of it in his reply of August 4, 1858, in which he, like Glover, expressed a lack of concern regarding the Illinois General Assembly races in Bureau and La Salle counties.
4No response to this letter by Glover or further correspondence on the election of 1858 between Lincoln and Glover has been located.

Printed Transcription, 1 page(s), Ottawa Republican-Times, (Ottawa, IL), 23 July 1908, 8:1.