Senator Douglas and the Republicans of Illinois.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, May 22, 1858.
MY DEAR SIR: I have received your favor of the 17th inst., and hasten to reply. I have written no letter to the editor of the Chicago Journal, or any other paper, favoring the reelection of Judge DOUGLAS; but, on the other hand, I wrote a letter to the said editor, and to several other persons, favoring the election of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Your informant must have been strangely mistaken. The Republicans must stand by their platform and their man, Mr. LINCOLN. His friends acted nobly, two years ago, in giving way to our present able Senator, Judge TRUMBULL, and if the Republicans have the power in the next legislature, they are bound by ever principle of fair dealing to elect LINCOLN.
I hope we will adjourn on the 7th of June. I hope to be home about the first of July, and to be able to visit your county soon after, and to have the pleasure of meeting you. Very truly, your friend,
E. B. WASHBURNE.
TO F. G. PETRIE, Esq.