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

To William Martin [1]

Hon: Wm. Martin Springfield,
Dear Sir: Aug: 29. 1851

I have just seen a letter of yours to Mr. Hickox, [2] in which you reiterate that the publications for the calls were all made in the [sic] both the city papers at Springfield. May be they were; but I tell you if they were, neither I, nor the editors or publisher's of the papers can find them. All we can find is a publication made in time, for the first call, & one for the second, not in time. Surely you can not suppose I would be so pertenaceously urging you to send the publications, if I had them here already.

You also say ``If we had been informed that these books & witness were needed a week ago &c''

Well, nearly or quite six months ago, [3] you & I by our correspondence, had it distinctly settled that I should need this book, witness & newspapers, when the trials of my cases should come on; and you had distinctly promised me that you would send them up whenever I should want them. Now, send them at once, if you shall not have done so already. Yours as ever



[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Virgil Hickox.

[3]   See letters of February 19 and June 23, 1851, supra.