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

To William H. Grigsby [1]

Wm. H. Grigsby, Esq. Springfield,
My dear Sir: Aug: 3. 1858

Yours of the 14th. of July, desiring a situation in my law office, was received several days ago. My partner, Mr. Herndon, controls our office in this respect, and I have known of his declining at least a dozen applications like yours within the last three months.

If you wish to be a lawyer, attach no consequence to the place you are in, or the person you are with; but get books, sit down anywhere, and go to reading for yourself. That will make a lawyer of you quicker than any other way. Yours Respectfully,


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[1]   ALS, IHi. William H. Grigsby, nineteen years of age and a native of Missouri, who was employed by G. L. Thomas, Bookseller and Stationer, at Pekin, Illinois, wrote Lincoln, July 14, 1858, applying to study in the Lincoln & Herndon law office (DLC-RTL). Probably he was related to the Grigsby family whom Lincoln had known in Spencer County, Indiana, but his letter does not specify.