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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; King, Franklin T. 'Franklin T. King 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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591. Franklin T. King to William H. Herndon.

Kumler Ills Sept 12/90

Dear Sir

Allow me as an old acquaintance and Friend to make a few inquiries in regard to what took place many years since. I would like to learn what majority Mr Lincoln

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had when he was a candidate for Congress at the time Peter Cartwright ran as the democratic candidate in opposition to Mr Lincoln. Also what effect in your opinion the Free Soil vote had in the Springfield Congressional district had in securing Mr Lincoln's election

I took some considerable interest in said election in behalf of Mr Lincoln Mr Thomas Alsop & myself were appointed a committee by a meeting of the "Free Soil" and anti-slavery people held in Springfield to wait on Mr. Lincoln & get his views on the subject of Slavery. We called on him and were so well pleased with what he said on the subject that we advised that our anti-slavery friend throughout the district should cast their vote for Mr. Lincoln: which was genirally done.

As you are aware Mr L. was elected, I would also like to know the counties that made up aforsaid Congressional districk. You are no doubt aware that it was through the influence of Mr. Lincoln that my brother T. R. King got the appointment of Register of the Land Office at Springfield. [1] Hence it is that I would like to know the things I of which I have herein made inquirey. To be a little more pointed I will say that I have thought and still think that the course I took then may have had something to do in my brothers appointment as Register of land office. Anything bearing on the subject as above presented will be received with many thanks by your old friend. In conclusion allow me to congratulate you on your long, prominet, & successful life.

Most Respectfully Yours
Franklin T. King

P.S. Hope you will not think that I have presumed too much on your generosity and if you are too busy or think it will take too much of your time you need not trouble yourself to look up the records for I do not feel able to pay attorneys fees — the subject will not justify me to do so.

Yours &c Fr. T. King

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3686 — 87

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; King, Franklin T. 'Franklin T. King 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=herndon699.html
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