To Joshua F. Speed 
Your letter to the judge and me in relation to some claims of yours to be put in our hands by Mr. Hurst  was received some days since. The notes have not yet been handed over to us, tho they will be at any moment we desire them.
The best information we can give as to the solvency of the men you mention---is that so far as we can learn, they stand precisely as they did, when you left. We have got a judgment against Lockridge as you anticipate, and Bell,  by some conversational arrangement with him, has been induced to direct us to stay the execution a few months. As to Mr. Richards note, the judge I presume will attend to it, but for me I cannot even dun him. John Bran[s]on called on me to-day and begged to not be sued.  He says he admits it to have been owing long enough---to be paid but that he will positively pay sooner than collection could be made by law---and that he will give most any security we will ask, write us what we shall do with him. On saturday last we had a whig county convention to nominate candidates, and now guess who compose the ticket. For Representatives Wm. Caldwell, Sugar Creek, James Brown Island grove, Wm. Hickman Mechanicsburg, and judge Logan  in town. Col. Elkin  for sheriff again. Billy Herndon  & Dr. McNeil  are candidates for the legislature on their own hooks, & Harvey  in like manner for sheriff. Our ticket is very popular---and will certainly succeed withPage 285 great ease. Edwards  is a little mortified tho' he is quite quiet---and has permitted no one but me to know his feelings---he goes for the ticket without complaint. Give my love to your dear Fanny and remind her once more of that letter she owes me. Are not she and you going to pay us a visit during the summer or autumn. As ever yours
 Copy, DLC-HW. The original has not been located.
 Charles R. Hurst, clerk in James Bell & Company, who purchased Speed's share of the store in 1841.
 James Bell.
 Lincoln obtained judgment against Branson, November 17, 1843, and collected the amount on January 4, 1844.
 Stephen T. Logan.
 William F. Elkin.
 Probably William D. Herndon who withdrew his candidacy before the election.
 Francis A. McNeill.
 William Harvey.
 Ninian W. Edwards.