To Robert E. Williams 
Dear Sir Aug: 15. 1857.
Yours of the 12th. in relation to a suit of Bakewell vs Allin,  was received a day or two ago. I well remember the transaction; but as Bakewell will need no lawyer but you, and as there is likely to be some feeling, and both the parties are old friends of mine, I prefer, if I can, to keep out of the case. Of course I will not engage against Mr. Bakewell. Yours truly A. LINCOLN