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

To James F. Joy [1]

J. F. Joy, Esq. Bloomington,
Chicago, Ills. Sept. 14. 1855

Dear Sir I have to day drawn on you in favor of the McLean County Bank, or rather it's cashier, for one hundred and fifty dollars. This is intended as a fee for all services done by me for the Illinois Central Railroad, since last September, within the counties of McLean and DeWitt. Within that term, and in the two counties, I have assisted, for the Road, in at least fifteen cases (I believe, one or two more) and I have concluded to lump them off at ten dollars a case. With this explanation, I shall be obliged if you will honor the draft Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. On the bottom of the page appears the following:

The above facts are true, and I think the charges very reasonable.

Bloomington D DAVIS

Septr 14. 1855. Judge of DeWitt

& McLean Cir Courts