Abraham Lincoln to William Doughty, 2 November 18391Springfield Nov. 2nd 1839Mr Doughty
I understand my coat was left in your possession— Will you please get a yard or so of coarse domestic (for which I will pay you the first time I see you) and fold the coat in it and tie the card herein enclosed upon it, and hand the bundle to the Stage driver on his trip towards Springfield?—2
You will verry much oblige me by doing so—Your friendA. Lincoln
2Lincoln was in Tremont, Illinois, where Doughty ran a tavern, attending the Tazewell County Circuit Court from September 23 to October 4. He probably left his coat during that trip. Whether Doughty complied with his request is unknown.
Earl Schenck Miers, ed., Lincoln Day by Day: A Chronology, 1809-1865, Volume 1: 1809-1848, by William E. Baringer (Washington, DC: Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, 1960), 117.
Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).