of his ambition.
The letter is dated March 10, and is now in my possession.
For obvious reasons I withhold the friend's name: “As to your kind wishes for myself,” writes Lincoln
, “allow me to say I cannot enter the ring on the money basis--first, because in the main it is wrong; and secondly, I have not and cannot get the money.
I say in the main the use of money is wrong; but for certain objects in a political contest the use of some is both right and indispensable.
With me, as with yourself, this long struggle has been one of great pecuniary loss.
I now distinctly say this: If you shall be appointed a delegate to Chicago
I will furnish one hundred dollars to bear the expenses of the trip.”
There is enough in this letter to show that Lincoln
was not only determined in his political ambition, but intensely practical as well.
His eye was constantly fastened on Seward
, who had already freely exercised the rights of leadership in the party.
All other competitors he dropped out of the problem.
In the middle of April he again writes his Kansas
friend: “Reaching home last night I found yours of the 7th.
You know I was recently in New England
Some of the acquaintances while there write me since the election that the close vote in Connecticut
and the quasi-defeat in Rhode Island
are a drawback upon the prospects of Governor Seward
; and Trumbull
to the same effect.
Do not mention this as coming from me. Both these States are safe enough in the fall.”
But, while Seward
may have lost ground near his home, he was acquiring strength in the West