Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Jonathan Haines [1]

Jonathan Haines, Esq Springfield,
Dear Sir: June 9 1859

I have just come home and found your letter of May 30th. I have done nothing further with the Rugg [2] case. How Dickey [3] keeps that matter hanging along I do not comprehend. I do believe it would be better all round to let me surrender both your cases to some lawyer at Chicago. I really can not give them proper attention.

Page  385There is no such thing as the Rugg suit being dead. It lingers along because I never find Dickey at Chicago, and I hate to press the thing without him. As to my entering on a campaign of taking proof in the pending suit, I think I must say that is impossible.

I have received of Fox [4] one hundred dollars---being fifty at each of two different times---and credited it on one of your notes. Yours truly A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   George H. Rugg. See Lincoln to Haines, November 24, 1856, supra.

[3]   Hugh T. Dickey.

[4]   Benjamin F. Fox, Springfield hardware merchant, who was instructed to pay over to Lincoln money he owed Haines (Haines to Lincoln, December 4, 1858, DLC-RTL).