Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Sir: Springfield, March 15- 1838

We received yours of the 2nd. Inst. by due course of mail, and have only to offer in excuse for not answering it sooner, that we have been in a great state of confusion here ever since the receipt of your letter; and also, that your clients can not suffer by the delay. The suit is merely instituted to quiet a title which has passed through Dr. Stapp, [2] but to which he now lays no claim as we understand. He is a mere nominal party to the proceeding. More than all this, we believe nothing will or can be done with the case at this court.

We beg your pardon for our neglect in this business; if it had been important to you or your client we would have done better.

Yours sincerely STUART & LINCOLN