Letter to Edward Bates
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, February 5, 1861.
Dear Sir: Hon. A. Lincoln directs me to say to you that in case you intend going to Washington about the time he proposes to start (the II th instant), he would be pleased to have you accompany him on the trip he contemplates.
He does not desire to have you do this, however, at the cost of any inconvenience to yourself, or the derangement of any plans you may have already formed.
Yours truly, JNO. G. NICOLAY.
P. S.--Mr. Lincoln intended to have said this to you himself when you were here, but in his hurry it escaped his attention. J. G. N.