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

To Joseph W. Brackett [1]

Joseph W. Brackett, Esq Springfield, May 18, 1857

Dear Sir Your three letters, two dated April 28th. and the other May 1st. were received by me on the 9th. of May, when I returned home after an absence of two weeks. I went immediately to the Land-Office to file the Declarations of Jacob Warner and Cyrus Conkling, and failed to get the thing consummated, in consequence of there being nothing in the Office showing the quantity of landPage  396 in the tracts, sought to be pre-empted. I think the Register's intentions were correct, but he was perplexed as to what he ought to do, because of the peculiarity of the case, and consequently he put me off from time to time till now. Herewith I send you the certificates, bearing date May 9th. being the day I first presented the declarations.

I shall be ready to assist further in the cases, when occasion arises. One of your letters had one dollar in it, and another, ten. I paid two to the Register, and pocketed the other nine. Yours &c.



[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Joseph W. Brackett, attorney of the pre-emptors to the island of Rock Island, Illinois, had retained Lincoln as counsel. Brackett resided at Rock Island, as did Warner and Conkling.