Dear Sir: Springfield, Aug. 5. 1857
Some time ago you wrote me expressing the opinion that something should be done now, to secure the next Legislature. You were perfectly right; and I now suggest that, from the poll-books in the county clerk's office, you have made alphabetical lists of all the voters in each precinct, or Township (I believe you have Township organization) the lists to be in separate letter books, and to be corrected, by striking off such as may have died or removed, and adding such as will be entitled to vote at the next election.
This will not be a heavy job, and you see how, like a map, it lays the whole field before you. You know, at once, how, and with whom to work.
You will have no trouble to carry your county of Putnam; but you are (as I remember) part of the Peoria Senatorial District, and that is close and questionable, so that you need every vote you can get in Putnam[.] Let all be so quiet that the adve[r]sary shall not be notified. Yours truly A. LINCOLN<