Summary of Content: Vice President and Presidential candidate Breckinridge updates two individuals from New York City on his progress regarding an upcoming speech. States ”I have not as yet even made a note ... It would be better, perhaps, if we were more accustomed in the west to carefull written preparation.”
Background: Breckinridge, from Kentucky, served as Vice President of the United States 1857-1861, as United States Senator 1861-1862, and as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1860 Presidential election.