6 Nov 1861
I shall ever be grateful for the interest you manifest in my election to the Sentae; and whether successful or not, my appreciation of the kindness and confidence shall be the same.
I thought from the beginning, that a Bell man & a Democrat should be elected to the Senate, but as there is no aspirant from the northern portion of the State and I do not mean by “northern” that portion north of Tennessee River who supported Mr Bell, the contest will be narrowed down between those who were Democrats.
Is it right that I Should go to duty? Is it not better that I should reamin away and leave the selection to the uninterrupted judgement of the Legislature? In these times of grave responsibilities and trail, should not personal electioneering be frowned upon? If I were to start tomorrow, I could remain but a day or two, as Congress meets on Monday week. I will reflect on the matter, but the inclination of my mind is that it is best and most proper that the Legislature should not be annoyed by candidates.
I rely much on your active & discreet friendship. Will you keep me advised? When will the election probably take place? What members and outsiders are taking the most interest and for whom?