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Thursday, February 25, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln responds to Mark Carley, who apparently asked Lincoln to speak to Illinois Governor William Henry Bissell about installing Carley as a county judge. In November 1857, Carley ran for the office of county judge in Champaign County amid questions about whether or not he met the minimum residency requirements. Lincoln writes that he spoke to Governor Bissell "to day." Lincoln explains, "[H]e thinks you had no legal residence in the precinct when you were elected; clearly you were not entitled to vote in the precinct, and therefore he thinks you could not be lawfully voted for in it." Abraham Lincoln to Mark Carley, 25 February 1858, CW, 10:28; Our Constitution (Urbana, IL), 7 November 1857, 2:1-3.