Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Chicago Nov 5 1858
My dear friend:
I don't think it possible for you to feel more disappointed than I do, with this defeat, but your popular majority in the state will give us the privilege of naming our man on the national ticket in 1860 -- either President or Vice Pres't. Then, let me say assure you, Abe Lincoln will shall be an honored name before the American people. I am going to write an article for the Atlantic Monthly to further that object.
Your friend in distress
I believe you have risen to a national reputation & position more rapidly than any other man who ever rose at all.