Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
January 6, 1835

Mr. Lincoln said, That if, as appeared to be the opinion of legal gentlemen, there was no danger of the new surveyor's ousting the old one so long as he persisted not to die---he would suggest the propriety of letting matters remain as they were, so that if the old surveyor should hereafter conclude to die, there would be a new one ready made without troubling the legislature.