I have not answered your cable and your letters sooner simply because I did not know your standing address and thought itn futile to send an epistle wandering about Europe on your trail. But I wrote Mrs. Dabney and she has kindly sent me your bankers' address and so now I have the deep pleasure of sending you at least an affectionate message. Your letters, my dear fellow, have cheered me tremendously. Northing touches me more than the pleasure of friends like yourself in my nomination.I am hnot as confident of the results as uyou seem to be, but I am glad to answer the question you put in your letter of August first. I hope that men like yourself will feel at liberty to treat me in any way they please about recommendations for office, because I know that they will plead with perfect candor, and that I can rely upon their telling mye exactly what they know about the persons they are commending to my notice, and that they will tell me also whether they know anything or very little.
I hope with all my heart that you are getting thoroughly refrshed and renewed by your change of scene, and that you have had every kind of enjoyment. My own days are so full of every kind of engagement and distraction that I hardly have time to think. I only exist from moment to moment, but somehow nothing shuts out thoughts of my friends wherever they are, and your letters come like a voice in response to my thoughts.