558. Alexander Campbell to Jesse W. Weik.
La Salle Dec 12th 1888
My dear Sir
Your letter of 2nd inst has been received In answer to your interogotories in reference to money I gave Mr Lincoln for Campaign Expenses in 1856 and 1858 To the first. Did Mr Lincoln receive from you the Sum asked for in the letter which you have? I answer No.
I was present at the discussion between him and Douglass at Ottawa which I think was their first meeting in that Memorable and Ever to be remembered discussion and had short interview with him after the Close of the debate when I gave him I think thirty or forty dollars. I recollect give him Some more at two or three times thereafter during that Canvass but do not remember the amounts. I do however remember well that they were not as large as I Could have wished. For "times were "tighter" with me than they were 1856
After Careful refection I do not think My Contributions to him during the dissions between him and Douglass were much of any over One hundred dollars.
2nd As to Mr Lincoln's reference in a published letter to N B Judd
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