Springfield, Illinois, December 29, 1860.
My dear Sir:
Yours of the 25th is duly received. The “well-known politician” to whom I understand you to allude did write me, but not press upon me any such compromise as you seem to suppose, or in fact, any compromise at all.
As to the matter of the cabinet, mentioned by you, I can only say I shall have a great deal of trouble, do the best I can.
I promise you that I shall unselfishly try to deal fairly with all men and all shades of opinion among our friends.
Yours very truly,
SOURCE: Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 4, p. 163