William A. Grimshaw to Abraham Lincoln, November 11, 1858, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Nov 11,. 1858
My Dear Sir
I regret the result in Illinois but you have nothing to regret & have won laurels of which you may be proud.
Douglass [Douglas] is a mean fellow & will take the office of Senator against the voice of the People.
We had a hard fight in Pike Rail Road & other Irish overwhelmed us vote about 4500 & the increase all for Locos. I hope for better results in 1860. I said often Douglass stole our Thunder & Morris tried to play our Music -- that beat us. Your friend truly
Wm A. Grimshaw