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.