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

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


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Political career before 1861; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Politics and government; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Friends and associates; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Political and social views; Political campaigns--United States--1860; Presidential candidates--Iowa--1860; Presidents--United States-Election--1860; Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold)


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.




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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