June 12 -- 1858.
My Dear Sir,
I regret not to be able to be at the Convention next Wednesday, but we have just recd a message from the President making it doubtful whether we will be able to adjourn on Tuesday, & you know the most important business is done just at the close of the session--
Brooks of Quincy, Sweat of Peoria, & Hunt of Jacksonville are all nominated for re-appointment-- Dixon is removed and Wm L. Dougherty appointed Marshall in his place. S. S. Brooks P. M. at Cari has also been removed & L. G. Faxon nominated in his place--
The administration clearly do not bear much to Douglas, yet they seem to me to be pursuing a sort of halfway policy-- The action at Springfield, which I learned by telegraph from you shows, I think, that the cry "we are all Democrats" will no longer win-- I think the less new resolutions our friends adopt probably the best -- our platform is a good one, & perhaps covers enough. It will not do, of course to get mixed up with the free negro question, & in my judgment it will be best to say nothing about the admission or non-admission of any more slave states. It will be time enough to decide that question when it arises, which it never will, if Republican principles prevail & slavery is kept out of the territories-- However I need not make suggestions to you, who understand all these matters & I doubt not will exert your influence to have them prudently managed--