To John Bennett 
Mr. Edwards  tells me you wish to know, whether the act to which your town incorporation provision was attached, passed into a law. It did. You can organize under the general incorporation law as soon as you choose.
I also tacked a provision on to a fellow's bill to authorize the relocation of the road from Salem down to your town; but I am not certain whether or not the bill passed; neither do I suppose I can ascertain before the laws will be published. If it is a law, Bowling Green, Bennett Abell, and yourself are appointed to make the change. 
No news. No excitement except a little about the election of monday next. I suppose, of course, our friend Dr. Henry, stands no chance in your ``diggings''  Your friend and humble servant John Bennett Esq. A. LINCOLN
 ALS-F, ISLA. John Bennett was proprietor of a hotel in the new town of Petersburg, Illinois, a few miles from New Salem, which Lincoln had surveyed and planned in 1835-1836. Petersburg's success in drawing residents away from New Salem marked the decline of that village, which became within a few years a ghost town.
 Possibly Thomas Edwards, a farmer from near New Salem, or Ninian W.Page 94
Edwards of Springfield. The act referred to was passed July 19 (vide supra).
 The act was not passed. See Lincoln's amendment, July 19, supra.
 Dr. Anson G. Henry, Whig candidate for probate justice of peace, who two days later was defeated at the polls by General James Adams.