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

To Charles Ambos [1]

Chas. Ambos, Esq. Springfield, Ills,
Dear Sir June 21, 1859

I have had two or three letters from you recently in regard to the claim of your Company against J. A. Barret. Mr. Barret hasPage  387 been telling me for three months past that there is some money at Christian Co, of the claim assigned to your Co as security, which can be had when he and I can go there together to release a portion of the land involved; but I have been unable to get off at any time when I could [get] Barret to go with me. I now think I will get off in a few days. It is so very much better to get the debt reduced by actual payments, than to push forward in sole reliance upon the law, that I am loth to lose any oppertunity of the sort.

I would now very gladly surrender the charge of the case to anyone you would designate, without charging anything for the much trouble I have already had. Yours &c A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, CSmH. On December 9, 1858, Lincoln filed praecipe and declaration in Ambos v. Barrett et al., and a bill to foreclose a mortgage in Ambos v. Barrett. Both cases in the U.S. Circuit Court involved James A. Barrett's indebtedness to the Columbus Machine Manufacturing Company of Columbus, Ohio. On February 14, 1859, Lincoln collected $1,000 as part payment, but Ambos was dissatisfied with Lincoln's handling of the suits. See Lincoln to Samuel Galloway, July 27, infra.