AL, owned by Charles S. Gillespie, Edwardsville, Illinois. Lincoln pencilled this note in the Senate chamber of the State Capitol, in Gillespie's absence. Gillespie came in as Lincoln was finishing, and hence the note is unsigned.
 John Brough's road, against which Lincoln seems to have been lobbying, was the Atlantic and Mississippi, which had failed for five years to obtain legislation authorizing construction, largely because of the opposition of a ``State policy'' group opposed to any project calculated to benefit a city of another state, in this case St. Louis, since the Atlantic and Mississippi proposed not to build to Alton but to Illinoistown (the present city of East St. Louis). Brough was at this time president of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad.
 A partially illegible line, restored following Angle, p. 122.