John Wentworth to Abraham Lincoln, June 6, 1858

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    John Wentworth to Abraham Lincoln, June 6, 1858, Chicago, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress,
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Chicago, June 6, 1858.

    Dr Sir

    I write you to advise that your Journal look out & counteract the efforts of the Register to depreciate the coming Buchanan convention The Journal should report proceedings at large, beginning with announcing their arrivals.

    It should also refer to the number of respectable men present, Colonels, Judges, Honorables, &c. &c.

    There are thousands of men ready to come out from Douglass [Douglas] the moment that they are satisfied that the Buchanan men are in earnest & can even arise to the dignity of a party

    It is only through the Journal that the people can ever find out how numerous a party that of Buchanan is in Illinois. All depends on this. Now let the Journal do justice to the immense gathering.

    The extension of the time for the session of Congress, will do us good, as it keeps Douglass away from here. Give us a good Buchanan convention & it will confirm all our wavering friends.

    My article against the conspiracy to beat you had its desired effect. They are all writing me to stop & promise to do so themselves. I am confident that we shall have no more trouble from without.

    The celebrated F. J. Grund is here & is doing all he can to get possession of the Buchanan party. I fear he is a sort of umpire between the Douglass & Buchanan forces.

    If I do not go East before the Convention, I shall so soon after that I fear that I shall not be able so to attend it. But, after all, we have more at stake in the Buchanan convention than in our own.

    The Editors of the Journal must put on their magnifying glasses. If I go East, I shall return again soon; certainly as soon as I am needed.

    In great haste

    Yr Obt St

    John Wentworth

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