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Collection Reference Number GLC06324
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1858 
Title Abraham Lincoln to John J. Crittenden asks him to pursue a "hands off" position for the election refraining from writing letters of endorsement
Date 7 July 1858
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Crittenden, John J.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Lincoln heard that Crittenden was going to write letters in support of Stephen Douglas for the Senate and Thomas L. Harris for the House of Representatives. Lincoln thinks this action would not be in Crittenden's character and asks him to pursue a "hands off" position for the election. Lincoln does not seek a letter supporting his candidacy, and requests that he be informed if Crittenden decides to give public endorsement to Douglas and Harris. Basler, Roy P. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), Vol. II 1848 - 1858, p. 483 - 489.
Subjects President  Congress  Government and Civics  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  Election  Politics  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Springfield, Illinois
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Printed in Basler 2:484.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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