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

To George B. Kinkead [1]

Geo. B. Kinkead, Esq Springfield, Ills.
Lexington, Ky. July 6. 1853.

Dear Sir: I feel some anxiety about the suit which has been gotten up against me in your court; and I therefore hope you will pardon my requesting you to write me when your court sits---whether it is probable I shall have to take proof here &c. &c. In the autumn of 1849 I was at Lexington several days, during which time I was almost constantly with L. O. Todd; and if he shall, when this case comes on to be tried, think he remembers that I told him I had collected money for Oldham Todd & Co, the story would be plausable enough to require an answer. Such recollection would be an utter mistake; yet if something of the sort is not relied on, I can not not [sic] conceive how Mr. Hemingway [2] was induced to swear to the truth of the Bill; for they can not, in any other way, make the slightest show of proof. I therefore think it safest to look to their making this proof, as, at least, possible, and to be prepared for it. I have said before, and now repeat, that if they will name the man or men of whom, they say, I have collected money for them, I will disprove it. I hope you will write me at once. I conclude with the remark that I expect you to be compensated for your services in this case, in addition, to your compensation for your attention to our business, in common, there. Respectfully



[1]   ALS, IH;

[2]   Thomas Hemingway.