1860
Form of Reply Prepared by Mr. Lincoln, with Which His Private Secretary Was Instructed to Answer a NUmerous Class of Letters in the Campaign of 1860.
 

(Doctrine.)

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, ______, 1860

DEAR SIR:--Your letter to Mr. Lincoln of and by which you seek to obtain his opinions on certain political points, has been received by him. He has received others of a similar character, but he also has a greater number of the exactly opposite character. The latter class beseech him to write nothing whatever upon any point of political doctrine. They say his positions were well known when he was nominated, and that he must not now embarrass the canvass by undertaking to shift or modify them. He regrets that he cannot oblige all, but you perceive it is impossible for him to do so.

Yours, etc.,

JNO. J. NICOLAY.