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

To Robert E. Williams [1]

R. E. Williams, Esq. Springfield,
Dear Sir Aug: 15. 1857.

Yours of the 12th. in relation to a suit of Bakewell vs Allin, [2] 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

Annotation

[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Robert E. Williams was a lawyer at Bloomington, Illinois.

[2]   The case has not been positively identified, and of the several residents of Bloomington and vicinity bearing the names given, there are too many possibilities to warrant listing.