ALS, IHi. Robert Allen was a resident of Springfield. There seems to be no record of any reply to Lincoln's communication. A number of references to Allen in Lincoln's later letters relate only to business dealings. This letter was first published by Allen's son, Major Robert Allen, in the Illinois State Journal, May 10, 1865, as an example of Lincoln's early ``candor, honor, and high integrity.''
 Ninian Wirt Edwards---whose father, Ninian Edwards the elder, had been the first governor of Illinois Territory, and later United States Senator from Illinois---was a well-to-do resident of Springfield and a Whig candidate for the legislature.