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

To Frederick A. Thomas [1]

Friend Thomas: Springfield, April 21 1842-

Yours of the 11th Inst. was received some days since. As to the Rules, it would be useless to send you copy; in asmuch as the Supreme court of the U.S. have adopted a set of Rules, which supercede, the rules adopted by the District court. The Supreme court Rules have not yet reached us. The personal attendance here ofPage  286 your friend Dr. Flanders [2] is not absolutely necessary. When you get hold of the rules, make out his papers according to them, and send them to me, and I will do my part here, for whatever you charge him for doing your part there. One thing bear constantly in mind; that is, that unless I am furnished with money to pay cost as the case progresses, I can not move an inch---and State Bank paper will not do, at that. [3] The whole cost, exclusive of lawyer's fees, will be, as we think, about $20. in something at least as good as Shawnee. Yours &c. A. LINCOLN

P.S. Tell J. K. Dubois [4] he must come to the Legislature again; that I am off the track, and that the wheels of government will inevitably stop without the aid of one of us. A. L.


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Frederick A. Thomas was an attorney in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

[2]   John L. Flanders.

[3]   State Bank paper fell to forty-four cents on the dollar in April. Shawneetown bank paper was discounted less than ten per cent.

[4]   Jesse K. Dubois of Lawrence County was a fellow committee member with Lincoln (Public Accounts and Expenditures) while in the legislature. He was reelected on August 1, 1842.