Abraham Lincoln to Levi Davis, 19 April 18371Springfield, April 19— 1837Friend Davis.
The bearer of this, Dr Henry, visits you for the purpose of drawing a small amount of money to enable the Commissioners to commence the erection of a State House. He, as you probably recollect, is one of the building commissioners.2 The bond for the $50,000 required by the act locating the Seat of Government, has been executed by several of our citizens and duly approved by the Governor; and will be filed with the Treasurer, by Dr Henry on his arrival at your town. The Dr, being a stranger to you and the Treasurer, and his duties being of a new kind, he has asked me to request you, as a friend, to render him what assistance you conveniently can.
We have, generally in this country, peace, health, and plenty, and no news.Verry respectfully:A. Lincoln.
<Page 2>Mr Levi Davis EsqrVandaliaIlls
per. Dr A. G. Henry
2On March 3, 1837, the Illinois General Assembly had passed legislation making Henry one of four commissioners for the construction of a statehouse in the new capital of Springfield.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Huntington Library (San Marino, CA)