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Wednesday, August 5, 1857.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Dr. Benjamin Clarke Lundy, of Magnolia, Illinois, and offers advice for Republicans who wish to win control of the legislature. Lincoln suggests organizing "alphabetical lists of all the voters in each precinct, or Township," deleting the names of those who "may have died or removed, and adding such as will be entitled to vote at the next election. This will not be a heavy job, and you see how, like a map, it lays the whole field before you. You know, at once, how, and with whom to work." Lincoln adds, "[Y]ou need every vote you can get in Putman [County.] Let all be so quiet that the adve[r]sary shall not be notified." Abraham Lincoln to B. Clarke Lundy, 5 August 1857, CW, 2:412-13.