C.D. Gilfillan, Chairman &c. Springfield,
Dear Sir: May 9. 1857.
Your letter of the 1st Inst. Inviting me to visit your Territory, and to give such assistance as I might be able, to the Republican cause, during your approaching political struggles, is received. I have no great faith in the success of my efforts; still it is with some regret I have to say I can not visit you before the June election; and I can not, as yet, say I will be able to do so in the summer or the fall. Having devoted most of the last year to politics, it is a necessity with me to devote this, to my private affairs.
I have learned that our Republican Senator, Judge Trumbull, will be with you. You will find him a true and an able man.
May the God of the right, give you the victory now, as He surely will in the end. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN ---