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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Grimshaw, Jackson. 'Jackson Grimshaw to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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190. Jackson Grimshaw to William H. Herndon.

Quincy Illinois April 28th 1866

Dear Sir

Yours of 27 inst is recd. Your former letter was received — the incident does not seem to me of much important and I do not wish to figure in print. It looks like a desire to acquire reflected publicity my name must not be used.

In the winter of 1860 while at Springfield attending the Courts I spoke to Mr. Lincoln about the propriety of allowing his name to be used as a Candidate for the Presidency — after one or two conversations in the library of the Supreme Court several of us with Mr. Lincoln went up into what has since been used as the office of Superintendant of Public Instruction then used as a Committee Room at times and sometimes used as private room of Mr. O. M. Hatch the Secretary of State.

Mr. N. Bushnell of Quincy Mr. Hatch Secretary of State, Mr. N. B. Judd then Chairman of Republican State Central Committee were present perhaps one or two others but all of us intimate friends — I think Mr. Peck then Reporter was present.

We all expressed our personal preference for Mr. Lincoln as the Candidate for the Presidency and asked him if his name might be used at once in Connection with the Coming Nomination and election.

Mr. Lincoln with his characteristic modesty doubted whether he could get the Nomination even if he wished it and asked until the next morning to answer us whether his name might be announced as one who was to be a candidate for the office of President before the Republican [Con]vention.

The next day he authorized us to consider him and work for him if we pleased as a Candidate for the Presidency.

I passed through Springfield on my way to the Chicago Convention in 1860 — I saw Mr. Lincoln in the Secretary of States office and Called him out, the train was Coming we sat a moment on the North Steps of the State House (I was not a delegate but as a member of Republican State Central Committee expected to take an active part) I asked him whether in the event that he could not be nominated for President he would take the Nomination for Vice President. He said he would not — I asked him if I might say so for him he gave me full authority to say for him [*] that his name having been used for the Office of President he would not permit it to be used for the other office however honorable it might be.

You may use this for your book if you choose it will come better in a narrative

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form without the use of names than with the parade of obscure men over our dead friend.

Yours truly
Jackson Grimshaw

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2550 — 53; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:65 — 67

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Grimshaw, Jackson. 'Jackson Grimshaw to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon247.html
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