William E. Frazer to Abraham Lincoln, November 12, 1859

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    William E. Frazer to Abraham Lincoln, November 12, 1859, Cookstown, PA, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
    Author (from)
    Frazer, William E.
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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.

    Cookstown Nov 12 1859

    Dear Sir

    I thank you for your interesting letter of the 1 inst, allthough it is non committal it affords me much pleasure to know that you would aquiesce if the American Republican Party should so elect. I have recently returned from a trip to New York[,] Philadelphia, and intermediate points from there to Pittsburgh, and there never was more perfect harmony existed on the part of those with whome I Conversed than there is on the ticket allready presented to you. Wy Sir it would go like an avelanch. Since the Humbug insurection at Harpers Ferry, I presume Mr Seward will not be urged, and that was the only name, that like Mordacai in the Gate, that could weaken the claim of Simon Cameron.

    I labour under great disadvantages in our present Correspondence, being a stranger to you, but I hope the sincerity of my intentions, to serve the interests of our Party will be all the apolegy that will be required. Permit me to refer you to Mr Cameron, Ex Govenor [Governor] Pollock or to any Member of the State Senate from 1855 to /58. What I desire to effect by this is to secure your Confidence so we may have a mutual exchange of thought from time to time with a view of promoteing the great interests of a party whose existence is as dear to us as our own. As for my Self I have become sattisfyed with Public life I have passed through nearly three score years of life but I feel as ardent for our Cause as ever and work as hard for the success of my Friends as I ever did in my life in short I expect to devote my working hours allmost exclusively to that end -- at least till the assemblying of our great National Convention in the year of the Lord 1860. If the ticket sugested should receive the nominations, the election is as Certain as a mathematical demonstration. Will you be so kind as to address me at your Convenience, and be assured that all will be in safe keeping in my hands on the Square. If these things are not realized the sin will not rest at my door. We have an Editor in Brownsville a staunch Republican by the name of Seth L Hurd formerly from New England, one of the best stump speakers in the State, he will start for that region in a few weeks he told me yesterday his purpose is to stir up his old Chums for the ticket named. in short every thing pertaining looks fine and I think must succeede.

    Very Respectfully ... W. E. Frazer

    P S If you have a Photograph Ambrotype, or Lithograph, Likeness of yourself, I would be pleased to hang it up by the Side of our mutual Friend, the Hon Simon Cameron's, it would grattify many of your warm Friends here that have never had the pleasure of seeing you.

    W E F

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