To J. M. McCalla 
Dear Sir: Jany. 29. 1848
A young man by the name of Andrew Hodge, went to Mexico as a volunteer in Capt. Elkin's  company in the 4th. Regiment of Illinois volunteers, command[ed] by Col. Baker.  He died somewhere on the Rio Grande in the fall of 1846. His father, W. H. Hodge,  wishes to draw the arrearage of his pay, and also to get his land warrant. He writes me that he sent the papers to your office last summer, and received a note from you acknowledging the receipt of them, since when, he has heard nothing about the matter. Will you please inform me what, if any thing, I can do to advance the matter? Very Respectfully A. LINCOLN.
 ALS, IHi. McCalla was the second auditor in the Treasury Department. (See Lincoln to Walter Davis, June 26, 1848, and endorsement to General McCalla, on the same date, infra.)
 Garrett Elkin, brother of William F. Elkin, was captain of a company from Bloomington, Illinois.
 Edward D. Baker.
 A resident of Bloomington, Illinois.