Dear Delahay. Springfield, Oct. 17. 1859
Your letter requesting me to drop a line in your favor to Gen: Lane  was duly received. I have thought it over, and concludedPage 490 that that is not the best way. Any open attempt on my part would injure you; and if the object merely be to assure Gen: Lane of my friendship for you, show him the letter herewith enclosed. I never saw him, or corresponded with him; so that a letter directly from me to him, would run a great hazzard of doing harm to both you and me.
As to the pecuniary matter, about which you formerly wrote me, I again appealed to our friend Turner,  by letter; but he never answered. I can but repeat to you that I am so pressed myself, as to be unable to assist you, unless I could get it from him. Yours as ever A LINCOLN