Abraham Lincoln, Instructions for John G. Nicolay, [c. July 16, 1860], in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 4: 84, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College
The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.
[c. July 16, 1860]
Ascertain what he wants.
On what subjects he would converse with me.
And the particulars if he will give them.
Is an interview indispensable?
Tell him my motto is ``Fairness to all,''
But commit me to nothing.