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

To Messrs. Cole and Wall [1]

Messrs Cole & Wall Springfield,
Gentlemen Jany. 21, 1859

Judge Emerson [2] is here, and his lawyer, Edwards [3] wanted me this morning, to consent to a continuance of your case, saying that if I did not they would have to dismiss it, and sue again. I said I could not continue it without your direction; and I promised Edwards to write you, which I now do. I suppose it is for you now to say whether case shall be continued, or dismissed. Write me at once which shall be done. Yours truly A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, IHi. Messrs. Cole and Wall have not been identified, and no record of the case in question is available.

[2]   Charles Emerson, or Emmerson, judge of the Seventeenth Circuit.

[3]   Since the case has not been found, it has not been determined whether Ninian W. Edwards or Benjamin S. Edwards served as Emerson's attorney.