Letter to T. J. Pickett
SPRINGFIELD, April 16, 1859.
My dear Sir: Yours of the 13th is just received. My engagements are such that I cannot at any very early day visit Rock Island to deliver a lecture, or for any other object. As to the other matter you kindly mention, I must in candor say I do not think myself fit for the presidency. I certainly am flattered and gratified that some partial friends think of me in that connection; but I really think it best for our
128cause that no concerted effort, such as you suggest, should be made. Let this be considered confidential.
Yours very truly,