Gentlemen Feb. 12th. 1857
Yours of the 10th. covering a claim of Mr. D. A. Morrison against the Illinois Central Railroad Company is received. I have been in the regular retainer of the Co. for two or three years; but I expect they do not wish to retain me any longer.  The road not passing this point, there is no one here for me to present the claim to.
I have concluded to say to you, that I am going to Chicago, if nothing prevents, on the 21st. Inst. and I will then ascertain whether they discharge me; & if they do, as I expect, I will attend to your business & write you. If this is satisfactory, let it so stand---if not write me at once. Yours truly A. LINCOLN