To William Fithian 
Your letter of the 9th. was received a day or two ago. The notes and mortgage you enclosed me were duly received. I also got the original Blanchard  mortgage from Antrim Campbell, with whom Blanchard had left it for you. I got a decree of foreclosure on the whole; but owing to their being no redemption on the sale to be under the Blanchard mortgage the court allowed Mobley  till the first of March to pay the money, before advertising for sale. Stuart was empowered by Mobley to appear for him, and I had to take such decree as he would consent to or none at all. I cast the matter about in my mind, and concluded, that as I could not get a decree before March at any rate, and as taking a decree now would put the accrued interest at interest, and thereby more than match the fact of throwing the Blanchard debt back from 12 to 6. per cent, it was better to do it. This is the present state of the case.
I can well enough understand and appreciate your suggestions about the Land-Office at Danville; but in my present condition, I can do nothing. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN
 ALS-P, ISLA. William Fithian resided at Danville, Illinois. He was a leading Whig, elected representative (1834) and senator (1838, 1842) in the state legislature.
 William W. Blanchard of Wheeling, Virginia.
 Mordecai Mobley, former resident of Sangamon County who had removed to Dubuque, Iowa, where he was appointed receiver for the land office in 1849.