Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Amos Williams [1]

Dear Sir: Washington, Decr. 8 1848

Your letter of Novr. 27, was here for me when I arrived on yesterday. I also received the one addressed me at Springfield; butPage  15 seeing I could do nothing in the matter then & there, and being very busy with the Presidential election, I threw it by, and forgot it. I shall do better now. Herewith I send you a document of ``Information &c.'' which you can examine; and then if you think fit, to file a caveat, you can send me a description and drawing of your ``invention'' or ``improvement'' together with $20 in money, and I will file it for you. Nothing can be done, by caveat; or by exam[in]ing the models here, as you request without having a description of your invention. You perceive the reason of this. Yours as ever

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by the Woodbury family of Danville, Illinois. Amos Williams was a resident of Danville, who served for many years as clerk of the Circuit Court of Vermilion County.