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

To Abram Bale [1]

Mr. Abraham Bale: Springfield,
Dear Sir: Feb: 22. 1850

I understand Mr. Hickox [2] will go, or send to Petersburg tomorrow, for the purpose of meeting you to settle the difficulty about the wheat. I sincerely hope you will settle it. I think you can if you will, for I have always found Mr. Hickox a fair man in his dealings. If you settle, I will charge nothing for what I have done, and thank you to boot. By settling, you will most likely get your money sooner; and with much less trouble & expense. Yours truly



[1]   ALS, IHi. Abram Bale was a Baptist preacher residing at Petersburg, Illinois. Lincoln misspells his first name.

[2]   Addison or Horace Hickox, brothers who operated a mill to which Bale probably took his wheat. Virgil Hickox was a prominent Springfield merchant.