Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  538

To Albert Parker [1]

Albert Parker, Esq Springfield,
My dear Sir Aug. 10. 1858

Yours of the 7th. is just received. I am greatly hurried, for which reason you will pardon me for not writing a longer letter. As to the law-question. As the consideration of the notes, Gridley [2] will insist they were given because of his acting as agent for the makers of the notes, in purchasing the land; and I rather think this will make out a legal consideration.

As to politics I am doing what I can for the cause. They have a meeting at Tremont on Saturday the 14th. and I wish you would go down and mingle with your old friends upon that occasion.

Again let me beg you to excuse the shortness of this letter. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Albert Parker wrote from Chenoa, Illinois, that although he was now living in Livingston County, he expected to return to Tazewell County before the election and work for the cause (DLC-RTL).

[2]   According to Parker's letter, Asahel Gridley as agent for the Illinois Central had sold the company's land in Livingston County to settlers, taking their notes payable to himself, and was suing the purchasers, who had no assurance of deeds to their property. Parker asked, ``Cannot the collection of Gridley's notes be staied until the parties get deeds?''