Springfield, Illinois, May 28, 1860.
Hon. George Ashmun, President of the Republican National Convention:
SIR—I accept the nomination tendered me by the Convention over which you presided, and of which I am formally apprised in the letter of yourself and others, acting as a Committee of the Convention for that purpose.
The declaration of principles and sentiments which accompanies your letter, meets my approval; and it shall be my care not to violate or disregard it, in any part.
Imploring the assistance of Divine Providence, and with due regard to the views and feelings of all who were represented in the Convention—to the rights of all the States and Territories, and the people of the nation—to the inviolability of the Constitution, and the perpetual Union, harmony and prosperity of all—I am most happy to co-operate for the practical success of the principles declared by the Convention.
………………Your obliged friend and fellow-citizen,