Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Ben: Washington. April 21- 1848

Your letter, [2] which I herewith return, was received two days ago. On yesterday I went to the Patent office with it, made thePage  467 memorandum on it which you see on the back of it, [3] and left it. Last night they returned it to me, with no other answer, than the pencil notes at the top and bottom of it, which you see. [4] I return the letter, because I suppose you will understand their notes better by seeing them, than you could by my writing about them. Yours as ever A LINCOLN