Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To James Steele and Charles Summers [1]

Messrs Steele & Summers Springfield,
Gentlemen Feb. 12th. 1857

Yours of the 10th. covering a claim of Mr. D. A. Morrison against the Illinois Central Railroad Company is received. I have been in the regular retainer of the Co. for two or three years; but I expect they do not wish to retain me any longer. [2] The road not passing this point, there is no one here for me to present the claim to.

I have concluded to say to you, that I am going to Chicago, if nothing prevents, on the 21st. Inst. and I will then ascertain whether they discharge me; & if they do, as I expect, I will attend to your business & write you. If this is satisfactory, let it so stand---if not write me at once. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, IHi. James Steele and Charles Summers were law partners at Paris, Illinois.

[2]   Lincoln was bringing suit against the Illinois Central for his $5,000 fee for defending the railroad in the McLean County tax case. His services were not, however, discontinued, and when the case of Morrison v. the Illinois Central, involving the right of the railroad to restrict its liability as a common carrier, reached the Supreme Court, Lincoln and Orlando B. Ficklin won the case for the Illinois Central.

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