To Richard Yates, November 1 [October 31], 1854, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2: 284-285, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College
Naples, Ill., November 1 [October 31], 1854.
I am on my way to Quincy to speak for our old friend Archie Williams. On my way down I heard at Jacksonville a story which may harm you if not averted---namely, that you have been a Know-Nothing. I suggest that you get a denial---something like the inclosed draft which I have made---into the hands of a safe man in each precinct.
The day before election will do. Yours, as ever,