My dear Sir: July 20. 1858.
When I was in Beardstown last Spring, Dr. Sprague said if I would leave a bill, he would pay it before long.  I do not now remember that I spoke to you about it. I am now in need of money. Suppose we say the amount shall be $50---? If the Dr. is satisfied with that, please get the money and send it to me.
And while you have pen in hand, tell me what you may know about politics, down your way. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN---