A. Lincoln, 1848,
Ransom H. Gillet to Abraham Lincoln, 28 January 1848.1Office of the Solicitor of the Treasury
January 28th 1848.Sir,
I have looked over the accounts and vouchers of William Thomas concerning which you called at this office yesterday. I enclose you a copy of my letter to him of this date in relation thereto.2Respectfully
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]R H Gillet
SolicitorHon: A. LincolnHouse of Representatives.
Abraham LincolnWilliam Thomas
Not perceiving that these letters can aid me any in your business, and thinking possibly the Solicitors letter to you may miscarry, and not seeing how I can do any thing till a further hearing from you, I enclose them to you–Yours as everA. Lincoln3Hon. Wm Thomas–
1Ransom H. Gillet wrote and signed this letter. The original letter was in the possession of the Putnam Museum, Davenport, Iowa, but was reported lost as of February 2006.
2The enclosed copy of Gillet’s letter to William Thomas has not been located.
Circumstantial evidence suggests that Thomas charged the federal government for his time and expenses associated with settling the estate of former Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan. Named administrator of Duncan’s estate after the latter’s death, Thomas spent much of the 1840s attempting to resolve debts Duncan incurred by becoming a surety for his brother-in-law William Linn. Stephen T. Logan defended Duncan and Linn in the case in the U.S. Circuit Court, and he also appealed the case on their behalf before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Elizabeth Duncan Putnam, “The Life and Services of Joseph Duncan, Governor of Illinois, 1834-1838,” Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society 26 (1919), 176-77; Julia Duncan Kirby, Biographical Sketch of Joseph Duncan, Fifth Governor of Illinois (Chicago: Fergus, 1888), 63-64; William G. Myer, Federal Decisions. Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme, Circuit and District Courts of the United States (St. Louis, MO: Gilbert, 1887), 18:832-46; United States v. Linn et al., Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137752.
Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).