Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
To Henry E. Dummer 
Friend Dummer: Springfield, Jany. 2. 1844
In reply to yours of the 14th. ult. I say that if you can get a clear title to the 40 acres of land, together with costs, and a reasonable fee to yourself, I reckon you had better do it.
Have the deed made to me. Yours as ever--- A. LINCOLN