Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
P. H. Watson, Esq., Springfield, Ill.,
Washington, D.C., July 23, 1855.

My dear Sir: At our interview here in June, I understood you to say you would send me copies of the Bill and Answer in the case of McCormick vs. Manny and Co. and also of depositions, as fastPage  315 as they could be taken and printed. I have had nothing from you since. However, I attended the U.S. Court at Chicago, and while there, got copies of the Bill and Answer. I write this particularly to urge you to forward on to me the additional evidence as fast as you can. During August, and the remainder of this month, I can devote some time to the case, and, of course, I want all the material that can be had.

During my stay at Chicago, I went out to Rockford, and spent half a day, examining and studying Manny's Machine.

I think you ought to be sworn before the evidence closes: of this however I leave you and others to judge. Very truly Yours,

A. LINCOLN.