To John L. Scripps

To—Esq. Executive Mansion, July 4th, 1864.

Dear Sir: Complaint is made to me that you are using your official power to defeat Mr.—‘s nomination to Congress. I am well satisfied with Mr.—as a member of Congress, and I do not know that the man who might supplant him would be as satisfactory. But the correct principle I think is, that all our friends should have absolute freedom of choice among our friends. My wish therefore is, that you will do just as you think fit with your own suffrage in the case, and not constrain any of your subordinates to other than he thinks fit with his. this is precisely the rule I inculcated and adhered to on my part, when a certain other nomination now recently made, was being canvassed for. Yours, very truly, A. LINCOLN.

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