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

To Andrew Johnston [1]

Dear Johnston: Springfield, Ills., Feb. 24, 1846.

Feeling a little poetic this evening, I have concluded to redeem my promise this evening by sending you the piece you expressedPage  367 the wish to have. [2] You find it enclosed. I wish I could think of something else to say; but I believe I can not. By the way, how would you like to see a piece of poetry of my own making? I have a piece that is almost done, but I find a deal of trouble to finish it.

Give my respects to Mr. Williams, [3] and have him, together with yourself, to understand, that if there is any thing I can do, in connection with your business in the courts, I shall take pleasure in doing it, upon notice. Yours forever, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Hertz, II, 553, as given in Madigan, A Catalogue of Lincolniana (1929), item No. 1. Johnston was a lawyer practicing in Quincy, Illinois. Little is known about his friendship with Lincoln beyond what may be inferred from the letters in which Lincoln sent his literary compositions.

[2]   A copy of William Knox's ``Mortality.'' See letter of April 18, 1846, infra.

[3]   Archibald Williams, leading attorney of Quincy, Illinois.