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

To John D. Johnston [1]

Dear Brother: Shelbyville, Novr. 9. 1851

When I wrote you before I had not received your letter. I still think as I did; but if the land can be sold so that I get three hundred dollars to put to interest for mother, I will not object if she does not. But before I will make a deed, the money must be had, or secured, beyond all doubt, at ten per cent.

As to Abram, [2] I do not want him on my own account; but I understand he wants to live with me so that he can go to school, and get a fair start in the world, which I very much wish him to have. When I reach home, if I can make it convenient to take him, I will take him, provided there is no mistake between us as to the object and terms of my taking him. In haste As ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, MeHi.

[2]   John D. Johnston's thirteen-year-old son, whose name Lincoln spelled ``Abraham'' in the Family Record, [1851?], supra.