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

To Joshua F. Speed [1]

Dear Speed: Springfield, March 24. 1843-

Hurst tells me that Lockridge has redeemed the land in your case, & paid him the money; and that he has written you about it. [2] I now have the pleasure of informing you that Walters has paid me $703.25 (in gold) for you. [3] There is something still due you from him,---I think near a hundred dollars, for which I promised him a little additional time. The gold, (except the toll) we hold subject to your order.

We had a meeting of the whigs of the county here on last monday to appoint delegates to a district convention, and Baker beat me [4] & got the delegation instructed to go for him. The meeting, in spite of my attempt to decline it, appointed me one of the delegates; [5] so that in getting Baker the nomination, I shall be ``fixed'' a good deal like a fellow who is made groomsman to the man what has cut him out, and is marrying his own dear ``gal.'' About the prospect of your having a namesake at our house cant say, exactly yet. [Signature removed.]


[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Charles R. Hurst. For the Lockridge case, see Lincoln to Speed, March 27, 1842.

[3]   William Walters. See Lincoln to Speed, January 18, 1843 (supra).

[4]   The convention was held on March 20 in the Statehouse to select delegates to the Seventh Congressional District convention. Lincoln withdrew after seven ballots and Baker was chosen as Sangamon's candidate for the nomination.

[5]   Lincoln was one of eight delegates to the district convention.