Thomas J. Pickett to Abraham Lincoln, April 13, 1859, Rock Island, IL, 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 Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
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