Norman Buel Judd to Abraham Lincoln, November 20, 1858

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    Norman Buel Judd to Abraham Lincoln, November 20, 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 20 Nov 58

    Dear Lincoln

    Your two favors are at hand-- I shall not use the $250. authority given in it unless absolutely compelled to do it-- I think a letter from you to some of our friends who are wealthy would bring in contributions and that was my principal object in writing to you-- I am glad you are in such good spirits-- So far from loosing every thing (but time and money) you have made a reputation that it would require years of service in the U. S. Senate, according to the usual routine to acquire-- I am for continuing the fight, as I still beleive that Douglass [Douglas] at the next session will do something to destroy his present position-- I have an abiding confidence in his ability and willingness to eat dirt at the Command of his Masters now that he thinks his return to the Senate certain-- I freely confess that the future does not look hopeful to me-- Our now exposed conditions to "unfriendly" and partizan legislation may color my views-- I do not like to be dependent upon the expectation another mans mistaken action as the basis of my future success

    I have no doubt of the intentions of Jeff. Davis, Slidell, Bright and Fitch of driving him to the wall by committals before our Legislature meets-- Whether they will succeed in this [illegible] that they have is a little uncertain

    I am ready at the next session to convene carry out the organization that has been commenced and work till we do succeed. I have some sand in my gizzard yet.

    Bunn, Williams and Irwin ought each to give $100. to the State Com. -- fund and they will do it if you tell them they ought

    Yr friend

    N B Judd

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