Hon: L. Trumbull: Springfield, Decr. 18. 1857
Dear Sir: Yours of the 7th. telling me that Mrs. Gray is in Washington, reached [me] last night. Herewith I return the notices which I will thank you to serve and return as before requested. This notice is not required by law; and I am giving it merely because I think fairness requires it.
Nearly all the democrats here stick to Douglas; but they are hobbling along with the idea that there is no split between him and Buchanan. Accordingly they indulge the most extravagant eulogies on B., & his message; and insist that he has not indorsed the Lecompton Constitution.
I wish not to tax your time; but when you return the notice, I shall be glad to have your general view of the then present aspect of affairs. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN