To Mason Brayman 
Dear Sir: Oct. 3, 1853.
Neither the county of McLean nor any one on it's behalf, has yet made any engagement with me in relation to it's suit with the Illinois Central Railroad, on the subject of taxation. I am now free to make an engagement for the Road; and if you think fit you may ``count me in'' Please write me, on receipt of this. I shall be here at least ten days. Yours truly
 ALS, PHi, Brayman replied from Springfield on October 7 enclosing his personal check for $250 as a general retainer fee. The so-called ``receipt'' for this fee, preserved in Brayman's papers, is merely the record kept by Brayman of the transaction and does not bear Lincoln's signature.