Chicago 20 Nov 58
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
N B Judd