appeared in the Sangamon Journal, of the 2d, 9th, and 16th of September, under the signature of “Rebecca,” and headed “Lost Townships.” It is due General Hardin and Mr. English to state that their interference was of the most courteous and gentlemanly character.
John D. Whiteside. Wm. Lee D. Ewing. T. M. Hope.
Missouri, September 22, 1842.gentlemen:--All papers in relation to the matter in controversy between Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Shields having been withdrawn by the friends of the parties concerned, we, the undersigned, friends of Mr. Lincoln, in accordance with your request that explanation of Mr. Lincoln's publication in relation to Mr. Shields in the Sangamon Journal of the 2d, 9th, and 16th of September be made, take pleasure in saying, that, although Mr. Lincoln was the writer of the article signed “Rebecca” in the Journal of the 2d, and that only, yet he had no intention of injuring the personal or private character or standing of Mr. Shields as a gentleman or a man, and that Mr. Lincoln did not think, nor does he now think, that said article could produce such an effect; and, had Mr. Lincoln anticipated such an effect, he would have forborne to write it. We will state further, that said article was written solely for political effect, and not to gratify any personal pique against Mr. Shields, for he had none and knew of no cause for any. It is due to General Hardin and Mr. English to say that their interference was of the most courteous and gentlemanly character.
E. H. Merryman. A. T. Bledsoe. Wm. Butler.
Let it be observed now, that Mr. Shield's friends, after agreeing to the arbitrament of four disinterested gentlemen, declined the contract, saying that Mr. Shields wished his own friends to act for