Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Levi Davis [1]

Friend Davis. Springfield, April 19- 1837

The bearer of this, Dr. Henry, [2] visits you for the purpose of drawing a small amount of money to enable the Commissioners to commence the erection of a State House. He, as you probably recollect, is one of the building commissioners. The bond for the $50,000 required by the act locating the Seat of Government, [3] has been executed by several of our citizens and duly approved by the Governor; [4] and will be filed with the Treasurer, by Dr. Henry on his arrival at your town. The Dr., being a stranger to you and the Treasurer, and his duties being of a new kind, he has asked me to request you, as a friend, to render him what assistance you conveniently can.

We have, generally in this country, peace, health, and plenty, and no news. Verry respectfully: A. LINCOLN.

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[1]   ALS, CSmH. Davis, an attorney living in Vandalia, Illinois, was appointed state auditor by Governor Joseph Duncan, November 16, 1835.

[2]   Anson G. Henry, a physician and Whig politician of Springfield, Illinois, was one of Lincoln's closest associates.

[3]   Passed by the legislature February 24-25, 1837, removing the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield.

[4]   Joseph Duncan.