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03. Lincoln to Hawkins Taylor on previous correspondence and Stephen Douglas' nomination prospects

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Title

03. Lincoln to Hawkins Taylor on previous correspondence and Stephen Douglas' nomination prospects

Description

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Hawkins Taylor, a prominent Republican of Keokuk, Iowa who had represented Lee County in the state's first territorial legislature. Lincoln comments on Stephen A. Douglas' prospects of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. April 21, 1860. The Democratic Party was entering a period of disarray at the time of Lincoln's writing, with Douglas' future as its leader uncertain. Autograph Letter Signed.

Date

1860-04-21

Contributor

Becki Plunkett and Stephen Vincent

Rights

Copyright State Historical Society of Iowa. Information at http://www.iowahistory.org/libraries/services-and-fees/conditions-for-image-reproductions.html

Digital Reproduction Information

Original scanned at 600 dpi w/ sRGB color space.

Repository

State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines

Repository Collection

Special Collections: Abraham Lincoln

Digital item created

8/22/2008

Transcription

Hawkins Taylor, Esq Springfield, Ills. April 21, 1860 My dear Sir: Yours of the 15th is just received. It surprises me that you have written twice, without receiving an answer. I have answered all I ever received from you; and certainly one since my return from the East. Opinions here, as to the prospect of Douglas being nominated [as the Democratic presidential nominee], are quite conflicting--some very confident he _will_ [italics], and others that he will _not_ [italics] be. I think his nomination possible; but that the chances are against him. I am glad there is a prospect of your party passing this way to Chicago. Wishing to make your visit here as pleasant as we can, we wish you to notify us as soon as possible, whether you come this way, how many, and when you will arrive. Yours very truly A. Lincoln