Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  209

To Richard F. Barrett [1]

Dear Doctor: Springfield, Ills. April 17th. 1840

Do not fail to procure a copy of the Journal of the New York Convention of 1821. I sometimes see the Debates of the New York Convention refered to, and I am not sure whether the Journal & Debates are one & the same, or distinct. If they are distinct, try to procure both. I would not miss your getting them for a hundred dollars. If they can not be found in New York City, [2] they certainly can in Albany. I would be glad if you could also procure the Journal of the New York Senate for the fall session of 1812.

If you get the Journals mentioned, bring them with you on your return, unless you can send them sooner by some entirely safe conveyance.

I attended the Carlinville & Bellville meetings and find things going on swimingly in both places.

The City Charter is accepted by 226 to 121. Nothing else new.

Write me on the receipt of this. Your friend, as ever


P.S. Your Brother [3] has been nominated for the Legislature by the Locos, after all. Whether he will accept or not is not yet certain; but I presume he will. A.L.


[1]   ALS, The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia and New York.

[2]   Barrett was probably in New York on state business as Fund Commissioner, to which office he had been elected by the legislature on February 1, 1840.

[3]   James W. Barrett.