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

To Benjamin Kellogg, Jr. [1]

Dear Ben: Washington. April 21- 1848

Your letter, [2] which I herewith return, was received two days ago. On yesterday I went to the Patent office with it, made thePage  467 memorandum on it which you see on the back of it, [3] and left it. Last night they returned it to me, with no other answer, than the pencil notes at the top and bottom of it, which you see. [4] I return the letter, because I suppose you will understand their notes better by seeing them, than you could by my writing about them. Yours as ever A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Kellogg was an attorney of Pekin, Illinois.

[2]   Kellogg wrote on April 4, asking Lincoln to ascertain why he had not heard from the patent office in regard to two deeds sent for recording---the deeds being from William Wilcox to S.M. Whipple for the right of Colburn's Improved Iron Pump to several states and territories.

[3]   Memorandum is as follows: ``Please examine this letter, and give me the desired information; and return this, to me with your own. A. Lincoln.''

[4]   The penciled notations are as follows: Top---``Pekin PO-D.G. Colburn patee. 3 deeds/Recd. March 4 48''; Bottom---``The above deeds were sent / Sent Apl 5 Pekin P.O. Ills.''