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Saturday, September 13, 1856.+-

Bloomington, IL.

Lincoln writes to Charles H. Ray, editor of the Chicago Daily Tribune, about some German-language newspapers. Lincoln had asked Chicago attorney Grant Goodrich to "have a hundred german papers one bundle" to Bloomington attorney William H. Hanna. Lincoln also writes that he had asked Ray to "have fifty sent to Jabez Capps," a Mount Pulaski merchant. Lincoln is checking on the status of his requests because Hanna has not yet received the papers, and as for the papers destined for Capps, Lincoln writes, "Whether they are coming I dont know." Apparently, Lincoln hopes to win over German voters to the Republican party, and he writes, "Last evening I was scared a little by being told that the enemy are getting the german's away from us at Chicago. Is there any truth in that?" Abraham Lincoln to Charles H. Ray, 13 September 1856, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL.