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

To Buckner S. Morris and John J. Brown [1]

Messrs. Morris & Brown: Springfield,
Gentlemen Oct. 21. 1847

Your second letter on the matter of Thornton & others, [2] came to hand this morning. I went at once to see Logan, and found that he is not engaged against you, and that he had so sent you word by Mr. Butterfield, [3] as he says. He says that some time ago, a young man (who he knows not) came to him, with a copy of the affidavit, to engage him to aid in getting the Governor to grant the warrant; and that he, Logan, told the man, that in his opinion, the affidavit was clearly insufficient, upon which the young man left, without making any engagement with him. If the Governor shall arrive before I leave, Logan & I will both attend to the matter, and he will attend to it, if he does not come till after I leave; all upon the condition that the Governor shall not have acted upon the matter, before his arrival here. I mention this condition because, I learned this morning from the Secretary of State, that he is forwarding to the Governor, at Palestine, all papers he receives in the case, as fast as he receives them. Among the papers forwarded will be your letter to the Gov: or Sec. of, I believe, the same date & about the same contents of your last letter to me; so that the Gov: will, at all events have your points and authorities. The case is a clear one on our side; but whether the Gov. will view it so is another thing.

Yours as ever A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Joseph Thornton. See note to letter to Morris and Brown, October 19, 1847, supra.

[3]   Justin Butterfield, Chicago attorney.