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

To Halsey O. or Amos L. Merriman [1]

Dear Merriman: Washington, Feb. 16. 1848

Your letter, asking me to procure passports, has been received. I have just been to Mr. Buchanan, [2] who turned me over to an understrapper, which understrapper, suspended the application on the ground that the affidavit of the applicant is not sufficient evidence of naturalization. He gave me a printed circular showing exactly what is to be done, which I transmit to you, together with some extra copies to be kept for future use. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by Edward D. McCulloch, Peoria, Illinois. Halsey O. Merriman was an attorney of Peoria, Illinois, associated in practice with a younger brother, Amos L. Merriman. It is not known conclusively to which one of the brothers the letter was written.

[2]   James Buchanan, secretary of state.