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

To William H. Herndon [1]

Washington, December 5, 1847.

Dear William: You may remember that about a year ago a man by the name of Wilson (James Wilson, I think) paid us twenty dollars as an advance fee to attend to a case in the Supreme Court for him, against a Mr. Campbell, [2] the record of which case was in the hands of Mr. Dixon [3] of St. Louis, who never furnished it to us. [4] When I was at Bloomington last fall, I met a friend of Wilson, whoPage  417 mentioned the subject to me, and induced me to write to Wilson, telling him I would leave the ten dollars with you which had been left with me to pay for making abstracts in the case, so that the case may go on this winter; but I came away, and forgot to do it. What I want now is to send you the money, to be used accordingly, if any one comes on to start the case, or to be retained by you if no one does.

There is nothing of consequence new here. Congress is to organize to-morrow. Last night we held a Whig caucus for the House, and nominated Winthrop of Massachusetts for speaker, [5] Sargent of Pennsylvania for sergeant-at-arms, [6] Homer [Horner] of New Jersey doorkeeper, [7] and McCormick of District of Columbia postmaster. [8] The Whig majority in the House is so small [9] that, together with some little dissatisfaction, [it] leaves it doubtful whether we will elect them all.

This paper is too thick to fold, which is the reason I send only a half-sheet. Yours as ever, A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   NH, I, 315-16. The Lincolns arrived in Washington December 2.

[2]   James Campbell

[3]   George C. Dixon.

[4]   Case dismissed for want of prosecution, January 21, 1846.

[5]   Robert C. Winthrop of Boston was elected on the third ballot.

[6]   Nathan Sargent, elected.

[7]   Robert E. Horner, elected.

[8]   William J. McCormick, defeated by John M. Johnson, incumbent.

[9]   The Whig majority was four.