Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  205

To George B. Kinkead [1]

Geo. B. Kinkead, Esq. Peoria, Ills.
Lexington, Ky. Sept. 30. 1853.

Dear Sir Your letter of the 22nd. has just reached me through Mr. Edwards; and for which I thank you heartily. I now feel that the case is entirely manage[a]ble. I well know who Hawley and Edwards are. The ``Hawley'' of that firm is Eliphalet B. Hawley; and the ``Edwards'' is no other than Ninian W. Edwards, whom you know nearly as well as I do, & being the same who, on behalf of himself, and the rest of us here, has conducted all the business with you, in relation to Mr. Todd's estate. Mr. Hawley still lives at Springfield; and I will thank you to give a notice to take his deposition at the same time and place named in my former letter [2] for the taking of that of Mr. Edwards & others at Springfield. Very truly Yours &c.


P.S. Still write me, under cover to Mr. Edwards at Springfield, who will forward to me. A. L.


[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   This original letter has not been located, but it was probably written between September 13 and September 22. The notices which Lincoln copied for the court record (vide supra) bear the latter date, and presumably the notices were sent by Kinkead shortly after receiving Lincoln's missing letter of instructions.