To Henry E. Dummer 
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---
 ALS, IHi.
 The bill was undoubtedly Lincoln's fee in Charles Sprague v. Illinois River Railroad Company, tried by Lincoln and Dummer in the Cass County Circuit Court, November 21, 1857, and reviewed by the Illinois Supreme Court, February 4, 1858. The case concerned the effect of amendments to the railroad company's charter on the liability of subscribers to the company's stock. Sprague was president of the Rock Island and Alton Railroad Company.