Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Mrs. Maria L. Bullock: Springfield,
Dear Aunt: August 31- 1855

The following is a correct statement of your business, so far as I have transacted it for you.

The land out of town I had surveyed into separate parcels; and on June 23, 1855 had it sold at public auction for sums amounting in the aggregate to $1427-921/4 cents.

On the 25th. of June, I received of the purchasers in cash, two sums, together amounting to $143.68. On the same day you deeded to one of the purchasers, John Connelly, senr. one parcel of the land; and I took from him his two notes with personal security, together amounting to $377---payable in one and two years, with six per cent interest from date; and also his mortgage on the parcel of land.

On the same day you deeded to Nathaniel Hay the other three parcels of the land; and I took from him his two notes, [2] with personal security, together amounting to $907-14 cents; payable in one and two years, with interest from date, at six per cent; and also took his mortgage on the premises.

Page  324Of the $143.68, cash received by me, I paid out for taking acknowledgements of deeds & mortgages, for advertising notice of sale in newspaper, printing notice bills thereof; to auctioneers; for recording mortgages, and to Surveyor & hands, the aggregate sum of $42.70. And on the 27th. of June 1855, I delivered to you a certificate of deposite made at Clark's Exchange Bank for $101-00.

The land in town, in connection with some land owned by Elijah Iles, he and I had surveyed into town lots; and a Plat made and filed for record as Bullock's addition to the City of Springfield. On the 18th. of August 1855, I had your part of the lots sold at public auction, for various sums, [3] amounting in the agregate to $990. Soon after, I received of the purchasers various sums in cash, amounting in the aggregate to $197. On the 20th. day of August 1855, I took from John Cook his two notes, together amounting to $468---payable in one and two years, with six per cent interest from date; and I took no mortgage from him---& you, on the same day deeded him his lots. On the same day you deeded Patrick Keiley [4] his lots; and I took of him his two notes, together amounting to $153, payable in one and two years, with six per cent interest from date, and also his mortgage on his lots.

On the same day you deeded to William S. Viney [5] his lots; and I took his two notes for the aggregate sum of $162, payable in one and two years, with six per cent interest from date; and also his mortgage on his lots.

On the same day you deeded to Elijah Iles, & to the City for him, the lots bid off by him; and I took neither notes or mortgage of him, I deducting ten dollars, and he paying the remainder of his bids, cash down. Of the $197---cash received by me, I paid out for taking acknowledgements of Plat, deeds & mortgages; for recording same; for advertising & Bills for Sale; to Surveyor & hands; and to auctioneer, the aggregate sum of $38-10. Also to Matheny's [6] heirs for quit claim deed, to remove cloud from title $50. On the 27th. of August I handed you the certificate of deposite at Clark's Exchange Bank for $106-90 cents; and I now hand you $2-08 cents

Aggregate of Sales $2417-92.

Amount of notes $2067-14

Deduction to Iles. 10-00

Expenses 80-80

Paid Mathenys heirs 50-00

Paid you 209-98

2417-92.

Page  325The notes are in my hands, & the mortgages are at the Recorders office subject to my control. They are all in your name. The taxes of this year I suppose you will have to pay. Very truly yours

A. LINCOLN