To W. H. Seward.


SPRINGFIELD, ILL., January 12, 1861


MY DEAR SIR:--Yours of the 8th received. I still hope Mr. Gilmer will, on a fair understanding with us, consent to take a place in the Cabinet. The preference for him over Mr. Hunt or Mr. Gentry is that, up to date--he has a living position in the South, while they have not. He is only better than Winter Davis in that he is farther south. I fear, if we could get, we could not safely take more than one such man--that is, not more than one who opposed us in the election--the danger being to lose the confidence of our own friends. Your selection for the State Department having become public, I am happy to find scarcely any objection to it. I shall have trouble with every other Northern Cabinet appointment--so much so that I shall have to defer them as long as possible to avoid being teased into insanity, to make changes.

Your obedient servant,