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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Scroggs, J. W. 'J. W. Scroggs 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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258. J. W. Scroggs to William H. Herndon.

Champaign, Ills. Oct. 3d, 1866.

Dear Sir.

Your favor dated Sept. 28th was duly rec'd. In reply allow me to say, that on the 27th of April 1859, Mr. Lincoln was in the "Central Illinois Gazette" office, where a conversation occurred upon the subject of the probable candidates for the Presidency in 1860. I suggested his name, but he — with characteristic modesty — declined. However his name was brought forward in the next issue, May 4th 1859. In the "Gazette" of Dec. 7th 1859 another article appeared setting forth Mr Lincoln's claims. On the 21st of Dec. 1859 his name was placed at the head of the editorial columns where it remained until after his election. In the "Gazette" of Janurary 18th 1860 an editorial appeared setting forth the claims and fitness of Mr. Lincoln and arguing at some length the absolute policy of nominating a western man, and especially Mr. Lincoln. This article was copied throughout the northwest, and appeared in several eastern journals.

After his nomination, election, and inauguration the first time, I thought we could clearly see that the necessities of the country, — and the force of circumstances then existing, — would make Lincoln Pres't a second term. This belief was expressed in various editorials from time to time, and on the 8th of May, 1861, I placed the name of Abraham Lincoln for Prest in 1864 at the head of my columns.

Yours very Respy
J. W. Scroggs

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2689; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:413

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Scroggs, J. W. 'J. W. Scroggs 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=herndon365a.html
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