To John Connelley 
Dear Sir: Oct. 4. 1853.
Inclosed is a certificate,  lacking only the date & your name. I took the facts from the tax books here & suppose they are correct. If you will fill the date and sign your name, and return the certificate, by the first mail, to me at this place, I shall be obliged, and will pay your fee, when I return home. Yours truly
 ALS, Herbert Wells Fay Collection. John Connelley, whose name Lincoln misspells, was appointed register of the Land Office at Springfield in March, 1853.
 This certificate and other documents drawn by Lincoln were filed in the case of Joseph Gingerich v. Isaac W. Evans, et al., Woodford County Circuit Court.