Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To the Third Auditor of the United States Treasury [1]

Springfield, Illinois, May 30th. 1837-

If the claim, founded upon the enclosed papers, be allowed, the money may be forwarded directly to the claimant, ``Archelaus Demmon, Springfield Illinois'' If it be not allowed, on account of insufficiency of evidence, or for other cause, and the defect, whatever it be, can be remedied, write back, stating particularly what is lacking, and direct to A. Lincoln, place as above.

The Paymaster or disbursing officer, of whom this applicant received pay was, according to recollection, Major Wright of the

Page  80United States Army. In this there may be a mistake, as there is nothing but memory to refer to. At any rate it was the officer that paid Whiteside's Brigade. Respectfully

A. LINCOLN for the Applicant.

Third Auditor [2]

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi. According to endorsements on the letter and on the envelope, the claim was allowed in the amount of $32.68. Archelaus Demmon was a Black Hawk War veteran.

[2]   Peter Hagner.