Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Joel A. Matteson [1]

Hon: J. A. Matteson Springfield, Nov. 25. 1858

Dear Sir Last summer when a movement was made in court against your Road, [2] you engaged us to be on your side. It has so happened that, so far, we have performed no service in the case; but we lost a cash fee offered us on the other side. Now, being hard run, we propose a little compromise. We will claim nothing for the matter just mentioned, if you will relieve us at once from the old matter at the Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and be greatly obliged to boot. Can you not do it? Yours truly A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS (copy?), DLC-RTL. There is no reply from Matteson in the Lincoln Papers, and hence it may be wondered whether Lincoln's letter was ever sent.

[2]   The Chicago and Alton Railroad.