Lincoln claims he cannot raise $10,000 for campaign even to save himself from "fate of John Brown"
Abraham Lincoln informed a correspondent named E. Stafford who had apparently proposed some kind of campaign spending scheme that the idea was "an impossibility." "I could not raise ten thousand dollars if it would save me from the fate of John Brown," wrote Lincoln. (By Matthew Pinsker)
Abraham Lincoln to E. Stafford, March 17, 1860, Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 4: 33.