Rock Island, April 13, 1859.
Dear Sir -- At the request of several citizens of this place, I write to request that you will deliver your lecture on "Inventions" in this city at such time as may suit your convenience. We think a full house would greet you. Please write and let me know whether it will be within your power to come.
I would like to have a "talk" with you on political matters -- as to the policy of announcing your name for the Presidency -- while you are in our city. My partner (C. W. Waite) and myself are about addressing the Republican editors of the State on the subject of a simultaneous announcement of your name for the Presidency.
T. J. Pickett