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Wednesday, July 18, 1860.+-

Springfield, IL.

Republican presidential nominee Lincoln writes to U.S. Senator Hannibal Hamlin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Lincoln cannot recall whether or not he and Hamlin, of Maine, had previously met. Lincoln writes, "It appears to me that you and I ought to be acquainted, and accordingly I write this as a sort of introduction of myself to you. You first entered the Senate during the single term I was a member of the House of Representatives, but I have no recollection that we were introduced." Lincoln adds, "The prospect of Republican success now appears very flattering, so far as I can perceive. Do you see anything to the contrary?" Abraham Lincoln to Hannibal Hamlin, 18 July 1860, CW, 4:84-85.