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

To Samuel Briggs [1]

Saml Briggs, Esq Springfield,
Dear Sir Sept. 29. 1857

Your letter in regard to organizing the town of Delevan, and also inclosing five dollars, has been received.

I have examined the statute, and considered your questions; and am of opinion that the original election having gone beyond the Town-plat, to the extent of a square mile, is lawful and valid.

I think the Trustees can not exceed a mile square, as boundaries of the town, but may lessen them, within the mile square.

The five dollars is a sufficient fee. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, RPB. Samuel Briggs was a resident of Delavan (current spelling), Illinois, which was incorporated in 1858 over the protest of many citizens.