Peter Zinn to Abraham Lincoln, September 2, 1859

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    Peter Zinn to Abraham Lincoln, September 2, 1859, Cincinnati, OH, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress,
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    Zinn, Peter
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Cincinnati, September 2d, 1859.

    Dear Sir -- The announcement of Step. A. Douglass [Douglas] to address the Democracy of Ohio at Columbus and Cincinnati, has suggested your appearance in Cincinnati on behalf of the Opposition.

    Allow me to explain, that in Hamilton county, in which Cincinnati is located, the opponents of modern political democracy united in 1858, and after a most spirited contest, carried the county -- before that time considered impossible -- and it is now contemplated to do the same thing this fall; and to do it well.

    I am requested by several of our friends to ascertain whether you would be willing to address the oposition, and if so, at what time. Our Election is on the 11th October, and we would desire to have you here as soon after Judge Douglass [Douglas] as may be convenient. He speaks in Cinti, on the 8th inst. I am authorized to say your expenses would be paid.

    Should you visit Cincinnati, and circumstances permit, I have no doubt your aid will be sought from other sections of Ohio, if it has not been done already. I am a member of the Republican State Central Committee, and shall immediately write to our secretary at Columbus the purport of this letter.

    The political contest in Ohio promises to be very spirited. Both sections -- all factions -- of the modern Democracy act together; and they are making a desperate fight.

    Please reply without unnecessary delay, and direct to Delhi, Hamilton Co. O.

    I am very respectfully,

    Peter Zinn, Chmn.

    Hamilton Co. Opposition Executive Comte.

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