Washington, Dec. 14, 1860
M. W. Delahay, Esq
My Dear Sir,
I appreciate your efforts & sacrifices in Ill. & elsewhere during the recent canvass, & hope you may reap your reward in a generous endorsement by your fellow citizens wherever you are known – It would give me sincere pleasure to see you in the Senate from the new State of Kansas, & if I have not done what you have supposed I might to bring about such a
a [sic] result, it has not been from want of inclination to serve you, but rather because I have not seen how I could with propriety interfere to do you any good.
The secession movement appears somewhat formidable from the fact that it is feared the President is in complicity with the disunionists – If he would do his duty by protecting the public property & enforcing the laws, I should apprehend but little trouble – As it is, I have no idea this government is to
be disrupted & broken up; but it complicates matters when an administration betrays its trust –
S. C. will doubtless resolve herself out of the union; but that she will in fact get out I do not believe. The laws must be executed at all hazards, & any cost – If one state is permitted to secede the government which remains would not be worth a straw, because the principle would be established which would enable any other State to go out at pleasure – Republicans have only to stand firm acting firmly, but in a Kind
spirit & all will yet be well – Concession on our part or yielding anything of our principles would be fatal.
Yours truly Lyman Trumball