Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Lewis C. Kercheval and Others

Gentlemen:--- Chicago, Ill., July 24, 1850.

Yours of the 22nd inviting me to deliver an address to the citizens of this city upon the life of Z. Taylor deceased, late President of the United States was duly received. The want of time for preparation will make the task, for me, a very difficult one to perform, in any degree satisfactory to others or to myself. Still I do not feel atPage  83 liberty to decline the invitation; and therefore I will fix to-morrow as the time. The hour may be any, you think proper, after 12 o'clock, M. Your Ob't Serv't, A. LINCOLN

Messrs. L. C. Kercheval, B. S. Morris,

Geo. W. Dole, John H. Kinzie, W. L. Newberry. [2]


[1]   Chicago Daily Journal, July 24, 1850; Chicago Weekly Journal, July 29, 1850. Lincoln was attending the U.S. District Court in Chicago, representing the defendant in Parker v. Hoyt, a patent case involving a waterwheel. Lincoln won the case on July 24.

[2]   Members of the two committees, one appointed by the Common Council the other by a citizens meeting. Those not previously identified, are as follows: Lewis C. Kercheval, famed in the annals of early Chicago as an eccentric but impartial justice of the peace; John H. Kinzie, businessman and financier who was one of the sons of the pioneer trader of Chicago, John Kinzie; Walter L. Newberry, merchant, banker, and philanthropist who founded the Newberry Library.