His Excellency, Springfield, Ills.
James W. Grimes Aug: [c.17] 1857
Dear Sir Yours of the 14th. is received and I am much obliged for the legal information you give.
You can scarcely be more anxious than I, that the next election in Iowa shall result in favor of the republicans. I lost nearly all working part of the last year, giving my time to the canvass; and I am altogether too poor to lose two years together. I am engaged in a suit in the U.S. Court at Chicago, in which the Rock Island Bridge Co. is a party [.] The trial is to commence the 8th. of September, and probably will last two or three weeks. During the trial it is not improbable that all hands may come over and take a look at the Bridge, & if it were possible to make it hit right, I could then speak at davenport. My courts go right on without cessation till late in November. Write me again, pointing out the most striking points of difference between your old, and new constitutions; situations; and also whether Democratic and Republican party lines were drawn in the adoption of it; & which were for, and which against it. If by possibility I could get over amongst you, it might be of some advantage to know these things in advance.
Yours very truly A.LINCOLN---