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

Letter Written to Silas Reed for John M. Neale [1]

Hon: Silas Reed Springfield, Illinois,
Surveyor General &c. June 3rd. 1841

My object in trou[bling you] with this is to procure a contract of the [?] Surveying. You are favourably known by ma[ny promin]ent citizens of this city, and, in case you [shall be] disposed toPage  253 treat my application favourably, I will procure any sort of recommendation from them that you may require. [2] Yours with respect


P.S. I have concluded to send two or three recommendations at this time, thinking it might enable you to decide on my application without further delay. J.M.N.


[1]   ALS, IHi. This letter, including even the signature, is in Lincoln's hand. The document is mutilated, the editors having endeavored to supply the missing words in brackets.

[2]   See Lincoln's endorsement (infra).