Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  304

To James S. Irwin [1]

Jas S. Irwin Esqr. Springfield, Nov. 2 1842.

Owing to my absence, yours of the 22nd. ult. was not received till this moment.

Judge Logan & myself are willing to attend to any business in the Supreme Court you may send us. As to fees, it is impossible to establish a rule that will apply in all, or even a great many cases. We believe we are never accused of being very unreasonable in this particular; and we would always be easily satisfied, provided we could see the money---but whatever fees we earn at a distance, if not paid before, we have noticed we never hear of after the work is done. We therefore, are growing a little sensitive on that point. Yours &c. A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, ORB. James S. Irwin was a native of Kentucky and a graduate of Centre College who had moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, where he studied law. Licensed to practice January 1, 1842, he moved to Mount Sterling, to which place Lincoln's letter was addressed.