To Richard S. Thomas 
Your letter of the 12th. Feb., toegther with the petition for a mail route was received last night. Strange it was on the road so long. I shall present the petition,  and give it my best attention.
Your second letter was received; and I thought I had answered it. I am not a candidate for re-nomination or election.
Excuse the shortness of this letter; I am really very much hurried. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN
R. S. Thomas,