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

To J. M. McCalla [1]

Mr. J. M. McCalla: Washington,
Dear Sir: Jany. 29. 1848

A young man by the name of Andrew Hodge, went to Mexico as a volunteer in Capt. Elkin's [2] company in the 4th. Regiment of Illinois volunteers, command[ed] by Col. Baker. [3] He died somewhere on the Rio Grande in the fall of 1846. His father, W. H. Hodge, [4] wishes to draw the arrearage of his pay, and also to get his land warrant. He writes me that he sent the papers to your office last summer, and received a note from you acknowledging the receipt of them, since when, he has heard nothing about the matter. Will you please inform me what, if any thing, I can do to advance the matter? Very Respectfully A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, IHi. McCalla was the second auditor in the Treasury Department. (See Lincoln to Walter Davis, June 26, 1848, and endorsement to General McCalla, on the same date, infra.)

[2]   Garrett Elkin, brother of William F. Elkin, was captain of a company from Bloomington, Illinois.

[3]   Edward D. Baker.

[4]   A resident of Bloomington, Illinois.