To James Berdan 
Your letter of the 2nd. was received last night. I went this morning to the folding room, and made enquiry for the documents you desire. They told me (what I had forgot) that our House has ordered the printing of 10.000 copies of Emory's and Abert's reports  together, and that 8 copies for each member will be ready in about two weeks. The first lot I receive, I will provide you and Mr. Harkness  out of. I was very glad to receive your letter, and shall be pleased at any time to have another. We have the news here, that Shields  was nominated for the Senate, from which we infer, that he was elected, as a matter of course. How do you suppose this, as a fruit of the glorious Mexican war, tastes to Breese, McClernand et al?. Do you suppose they are in a mood of blessing the war about now?
Write me again. Yours as ever--- A. LINCOLN
 ALS, RPB.
 Lieutenant William H. Emory and Lieutenant John J. Abert, ``Notes of a Military Reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri [sic], to San Diego, in California, and Map of Lieutenant Abert. . . .'' Thirtieth Congress, House Executive Document No. 41.
 Probably James Harkness, a Jacksonsville Whig.
 James Shields, who served as brigadier general of volunteers, was elected to the Senate on January 13.
 Sidney Breese and John A. McClernand, also Democrats.