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

To Jesse K. Dubois [1]

Dear Dubois Bloomington Dec: 21, 1857

J. M. Douglas, of the I.C.R.R. Co is here, and will carry this letter. He says they have a large sum (near $90,000) which they will pay into the Treasury now, if they have an assurance that they shall not be sued before Jany. 1859- otherwise not. I really wish you could consent to this. Douglas says they can not pay more, & I believe him.

I do not write this as a lawyer seeking an advantage for a client; but only as a friend, only urging you to do, what I think I would do if I were in your situation. I mean this as private and confidential only, but I feel a good deal of anxiety about it. Yours as ever



[1]   ALS, owned by A. H. Greenly, Hoboken, New Jersey. John M. Douglas, attorney for the Illinois Central, was attempting to make temporary settlement of a disputed claim for taxes due the state. Dubois was state auditor.