Charles H. Ray to Abraham Lincoln, October 20, 1859, Chicago, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Thursday, P. M.
My Dear Sir,
I see you have been guilty of another speech. If it embodies the ideas which you forbid us using, why will you not write it out and send it hither for publication? If not, why will you not make another and give the party the benefit your facts? We are damnably exercised here about the effect of Old Brown's wretched fiasco in Virginia, upon the moral health of the Republican party! The old idiot-- The quicker they hang and get him out of, The way, The better. You see how we treat it. -- I hope we occupy the right ground.
Do you know that you are strongly talked of for the Presidency -- for the Vice Presidency at least.
Let us hear from you.
Yours Very Truly,
C. H. Ray.