Abraham Lincoln to George Spears, [1 July 1834]1
Mr Spears2
At your request, I send you a receipt for the postage on your paper— I am some what surprised at your request— I will however comply with it— The law requires News paper postage to be paid in advance and now that I have waited a full year you choose to wound my feelings by insinuating that unless you get a receipt I will probably make you pay it again—
RespectfullyA Lincoln
Received of George Spears in full for postage on the Sangamo Journal up to the first of July 1834
A. Lincoln P M[Postmaster]3
1Abraham Lincoln wrote this document.
2This could be George Spears Sr. or his son of the same name.
3President Andrew Jackson appointed Lincoln postmaster of New Salem on May 7, 1833. He held the position until the post office was closed on May 30, 1836.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).