Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
July 3, 1857

We, the undersigned, each agree to be one of ten persons to furnish five hundred dollars, to be used in giving circulation, in Southern and Middle Illinois, to the newspaper published at St. Louis, Missouri, and called ``The Missouri Democrat''---said sum of five hundred dollars to be paid over to John G. Nicolay, so soon as he shall furnish evidence that he has made arrangements with the proprietors of that paper, giving promise of a reasonable degree of success in the enterprize.

July 3. 1857. A. Lincoln L. Trumbull

O. M. Hatch John Wood

Jesse K Dubois William Ross [3] pr O. M. H.

John Williams [2]