Princeton Aug 4th 1858
My dear Sir
Yours of 2 inst is before me. In reply I would say that I do not know of any Douglas Republicans in this county unless it means Douglas men who are becoming Republicans which I think is the tendency at present. This county will send a clean Republican to the Legislature whatever his antecedents. I am assured that Lasalle is all right. I think the rumors that are afloat are but efforts to secure the nomination & that when the nominations are made the people will sustain them whatever a few may say or do. I mean to try & keep my district all right & the counties connected with it. I was at Clinton & our friends assured me that D. lost ground while there.
I showed up Dred Scottism & P. S. as irreconcilably opposed as well as I could. I had a cordial reception. I beleive that the bugaboo of Negro Equality has pretty much lost its power. I leave for Danville tomorrow where they have a Senatorial Convention on Saturday.
I am sorry to see that they have defeated Frank Blair. Is it true that Crittenden is exerting his influence for Douglas. K. Ns it seems to me have played the fool long enough
Yours for the "ultimate extinction of slavery".
I think you said the whole in a word when you said that the mistake of Judge D. was that he made slavery a little thing when it was a great thing