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586. Horace White to Jesse W. Weik.

Feb 11, 1890.

My dear Sir:

I will undertake to write a chapter for you on the Lincoln-Douglas campaign of 1858, but I cannot say, just now how long a time will be required. I must look over my materials first. If I could detach myself from other occupations I could do it in short order. The Chapter would not take the place of the one you already have, but would be additional to it. The Matter you already have is first class as far as it goes.

Yours truly
Horace White

P.S. I noticed one error in your present Chapter — not very important. It says that Douglas returned to Chicago from Washington & remained several days before delivering his first speech at the Tremont House. The fact is that he came directly from the cars to the balcony, with a tremendous procession & amid the booming of cannon & the blaze of fire works. It was a great coup de theatre carefully arranged weeks beforehand.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4694 — 95