Abraham Lincoln to Salmon Portland Chase, September 21, 1859

Source citation
Abraham Lincoln to Salmon Portland Chase, September 21, 1859, Springfield, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 3: 470-471, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
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Transcriber
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953).

Hon. S. P. Chase:--- Springfield, Ill. Sept. 21, 1859.

My dear Sir---This is my first opportunity to express to you my great regret at not meeting you personally while in Ohio. However, you were at work in the cause, and that, after all, was better.

It is useless for me to say to you (and yet I cannot refrain from saying it) that you must not let your approaching election in Ohio so result as to give encouragement to Douglasism. That ism is all which now stands in the way of an early and complete success of Republicanism; and nothing would help it or hurt us so much as for Ohio to go over or falter just now. You must, one and all, put yours souls into the effort. Your obedient servant

A. LINCOLN.

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