The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

To William H. Herndon. Washington, December 13, 1847

DEAR WILLIAM:—Your letter, advising me of the receipt of our fee in the bank case, is just received, and I don’t expect to hear another as good a piece of news from Springfield while I am away. I am under no obligations to the bank; and I therefore wish you to buy bank certificates, and pay my debt there, so as to pay it with the least money possible. I would as soon you should buy them of Mr. Ridgely, or any other person at the bank, as of any one else, provided you can get them as cheaply. I suppose, after the bank debt shall be paid, there will be some money left, out of which I would like to have you pay Lavely and Stout twenty dollars, and Priest and somebody (oil-makers) ten dollars, for materials got for house-painting. If there shall still be any left, keep it till you see or hear from me.

I shall begin sending documents so soon as I can get them. I wrote you yesterday about a "Congressional Globe." As you are all so anxious for me to distinguish myself, I have concluded to do so before long.

Yours truly,

A. LINCOLN.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "To William H. Herndon. Washington, December 13, 1847," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858 Original Sources, accessed August 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PVZIMZUGC5W8VKW.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "To William H. Herndon. Washington, December 13, 1847." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858, Original Sources. 17 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PVZIMZUGC5W8VKW.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'To William H. Herndon. Washington, December 13, 1847' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 2: 1843– 1858, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 2: 1843–1858. Original Sources, retrieved 17 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PVZIMZUGC5W8VKW.