Private & Confidential
SPRINGFIELD, ILLS. Dec. 10. 1860
Hon. L. Trumbull.
My Dear Sir: Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again. The dangerous ground — that into which some of our friends have a hankering to run — is Pop. Sov. Have none of it. Stand firm. The tug has to come, & better now than any time hereafter.
Yours as ever