Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Sir: Springfield, July 19--- 1851.

Yours of the 17th. is received, and I have just been to the Telegraph-office with it. The operator, after a long examination, declares that no such despach ever went from this office---at least, never in the months of February or March last. He then got up a correspondence with the operator at Alton, who, he says, tells him no such despach was ever, received there---that he has seen what purports to be the despach in the hands of you or your client, and that he will swear he never wrote it.

I do not see that I can do any more. Yours truly A. LINCOLN