most heartily thank them for the kind partiality, and I can say, as Mr. Clay
said of the annexation of Texas
, that, ‘personally, I would not object’ to a re-election, although I thought at the time, and still think, it would be quite as well for me to return to the law at the end of a single term.
I made the declaration that I would not be a candidate again, more from a wish to deal fairly with others, to keep peace among our friends, and to keep the district from going to the enemy, than for any cause personal to myself, so that if it should happen that nobody else wishes to be elected I could not refuse the people the right of sending me again.
But to enter myself as a competitor of others, or to authorize any one so to enter me, is what my word and honor forbid.”
His announcement of a willingness to accept a re-election if tendered him by the people was altogether unnecessary, for within a few days after this letter was written his constituents began to manifest symptoms of grave disapproval of his course on the Mexican
His position on this subject was evidenced by certain resolutions offered by him in the House
three weeks before.
These latter were called the “Spot resolutions,” and they and the speech which followed on the 12th of January in support of them not only sealed Lincoln
's doom as a Congressman, but in my opinion, lost the district to the Whigs
in 1848, when Judge Logan
had succeeded at last in obtaining the nomination.
Although differing with the President
as to the