LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865), President. Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln"), to Charles G. Wilson, Springfield, Ill., 10 September 1860. 1 page, 8vo, creases reinforced on verso, remnants of tipping along verso of left edge.
LINCOLN ENTERS THE HOME STRETCH OF HIS FATEFUL 1860 CAMPAIGN, and tells a New York lawyer he is not yet worried about appointments and office seekers in his new administration. "Yours of the 6th is first received. I have pleasure in assuring you that there is no great pressure upon me for the offices in prospect. If, as you say, the newspaper & leading politicians are intent upon schemes for the obtaining of office, they do not bring themselves within range of my power to discourage them." Lincoln must have proceeded through the 1860 campaign confident of victory. The Republican vote was compactly concentrated in the anti-slavery northern states, while Douglas's supporters were spread throughout North and South. The third- and fourth-party candidates, Breckenridge Long (National Democrats) and John Bell (Constitutional Union Party), on balance took more votes away from Douglas than from the Republicans. Lincoln did not campaign, which was customary in that era. Indeed, he did not speak at all, leaving his campaign efforts to political lieutenants. Douglas, knowing he had an uphill fight, did break with convention and hit the stump. But by October, when the state election results in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio made clear the Republican majority in those states, Lincoln's victory was all but certain.
Little is known about Wilson other than he was a New York lawyer with extensive political connections. He visited Lincoln in Springfield, after the election, but does not otherwise appear in the Lincoln Papers. Published in Basler 4:114.