To Oliver L. Davis 
Dear Sir: You, no doubt, remember the enclosed memorandum being handed me in your office. I have just made the desired search, and find that no such deed has ever been here. Campbell,  the Auditor, says that if it were here, it would be in his office, and that he has hunted for it a dozen times, & could never find it. He says that one time and another, he has heard much about the matter---that it was not a deed for Right o Way, but a deed, outright, for Depot-ground---at least, a sale for Depot-ground, and there may never have been a deed. He says, if there is a deed, it is most probable Genl. Alexander,  of Paris, has it. Yours truly.
A Deed from Joseph Patterson to the State of Illinois for the right of way one [sic] Lots 7 & 8 in Block 8 in McRoberts & Walkers Addition to Danville 
I am to examine for the record of this deed at Springfield and write the result to James G. Miles  or O. L. Davis at Danville.
 ALS, CSmH. Oliver L. Davis was an attorney at Danville, Illinois.
 Thomas H. Campbell, state auditor.
 Milton K. Alexander.
 This sentence is not in Lincoln's hand. Joseph Patterson was for many years justice of peace at Danville.
 Lincoln first wrote ``Myers,'' then deleted it and substituted ``Miles.'' James G. Miles has not been identified.