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

To David A. Smith [1]

D. A. Smith, Esq Springfield,
Dear Sir: Feb: 20. 1851

I learn that Caldwell [2] has execu[ted his] bond and qualified under the decree. I am now anxio[us to] know whether the arrangement has been made to your sat[isfac]tion; and I do not like to ask Caldwell. Will you write [me] by return mail?. Yours as ever A. LINCOL[N]


[1]   ALS, ICHi. The letter is damaged on one edge. Bracketed words are reconstructed by Angle, p. 78. David A. Smith was a lawyer of Jacksonville, Illinois.

[2]   Albert G. Caldwell, defendant in Atwood v. Caldwell pending in the state supreme court, was a Democrat, at the time representative in the legislature from Gallatin County.