To Messrs. Cole and Wall 
Gentlemen Jany. 21, 1859
Judge Emerson  is here, and his lawyer, Edwards  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---
 ALS, IHi. Messrs. Cole and Wall have not been identified, and no record of the case in question is available.
 Charles Emerson, or Emmerson, judge of the Seventeenth Circuit.
 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.