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

To John T. Stuart [1]

Dear Stuart: Springfield, Dec: 23rd. 1839-

Dr. Henry will write you all the political news. I write this about some little matters of business. You recollect you told me me [sic] you had drawn the Chicago Musick money & sent it to the claimants. [2] A d---d hawk billed yankee is here, besetting me at every turn I take, saying that Robt Kinzie never received the $80. to which he was entitled. Can you tell any thing about the matter?

Again Old Mr. Wright, who lives up South Fork some where, is teasing me continually about some deeds which he says he leftPage  159 with you, but which I can find nothing of. Can you tell where they are?

The legislature is in session, and has suffered the Bank to forfeit it's charter without Benefit of Clergy. There seems to be but verry little disposition to resuscitate it. Whenever a letter comes from you to Mrs. Stuart, I carry it to her, and then I see Betty. [3] She is a tolerably nice fellow now. May be I will write again when I get more time. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN

P.S. The Democratic giant is here; but he is not now worth talking about. [4] A. L.


[1]   ALS, IHi

[2]   In the Stuart & Lincoln fee book is the case of Kinzie & Forsythe vs. Samuel Musick: ``Jan 28 1839 Sent Kinzie $75. by check'' and ``Oct 10 1839 By check on Chicago Bank $80.'' Robert A. Kinzie was a Chicago merchant and trader, son of the early Indian trader, John Kinzie. Jacob Forsyth was a Pittsburgh merchant.

[3]   Bettie, daughter of John T. Stuart, born in July 1838.

[4]   Stephen A. Douglas.