To Andrew Johnston 
Feeling a little poetic this evening, I have concluded to redeem my promise this evening by sending you the piece you expressedPage 367 the wish to have.  You find it enclosed. I wish I could think of something else to say; but I believe I can not. By the way, how would you like to see a piece of poetry of my own making? I have a piece that is almost done, but I find a deal of trouble to finish it.
Give my respects to Mr. Williams,  and have him, together with yourself, to understand, that if there is any thing I can do, in connection with your business in the courts, I shall take pleasure in doing it, upon notice. Yours forever, A. LINCOLN.
 Hertz, II, 553, as given in Madigan, A Catalogue of Lincolniana (1929), item No. 1. Johnston was a lawyer practicing in Quincy, Illinois. Little is known about his friendship with Lincoln beyond what may be inferred from the letters in which Lincoln sent his literary compositions.
 A copy of William Knox's ``Mortality.'' See letter of April 18, 1846, infra.
 Archibald Williams, leading attorney of Quincy, Illinois.