Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Richard P. Morgan [1]

R. P. Morgan, Esq Springfield, Feby. 13, 1856

Dear Sir: Says Tom to John ``Heres your old rotten wheelbarrow'' ``Ive broke it, usin on it'' ``I wish you would mend it, case I shall want to borrow it this arter-noon.''

Acting on this as a precedent, I say ``Heres your old ``chalked hat'' ``I wish you would take it, and send me a new one, case I shall want to use it the first of March'' Yours truly



[1]   ALS-F ISLA. Morgan was superintendent of the Chicago & Alton at Bloomington, Illinois. The term ``chalked hat,'' applied to a pass, has been explained by way of the white check placed in the hatband of a passenger riding on a pass.