Abraham Lincoln to Henry Clay Whitney, June 7, 1855, Springfield, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2: 313, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College
Stephen T. Logan was Lincoln's former law partner. Henry Clay Whitney was a young attorney. The "Prohibitory Law" was an attempt to introduce the "Maine Law" or temperance to Illinois.
The following transcript has been adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953).
H. C. Whitney, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir: June 7. 1855
Your note containing election news is received; and for which I thank you. It is all of no use, however. Logan is worse beaten than any other man ever was since elections were invented---beaten more than 1200 in this county.
It is conceded on all hands that the Prohibitory law is also beaten. Yours truly A. LINCOLN---