To Ignatius R. Simms 
Dear Sir: March 4- 1848-
Whenever I am directing documents to persons at Jacksonville, I am annoyed at not being able to remember the christian name of your son who formerly resided at Metamora in Woodford county.  I esteem him as one of my best friends; and you will oblige me by handing him this letter, and telling him to write me at once about any thing he pleases, so that I can get his name right.
It is considered doubtful whether the Senate will ratify the treaty now under advisement; but whether they shall or not, all hands seem to agree that the war is substantially ended. Yours truly A. LINCOLN