Abraham Lincoln to John M. McCalla, 29 January 18481
Mr J. M. McCalla:Dear Sir:
A young man by the name of Andrew Hodge, went to Mexico as a volunteer in Capt Elkin's company of in the 4th Regiment of Illinois volunteers, commanded by Col. Baker– He died somewhere on the Rio Grande in the fall of 1846–2 His father, W H. Hodge, wishes to draw the arrearage of his pay, and also to get his land warrant–3 He writes me that he sent the papers to your office last summer, and received a note from you acknowledging the receipt of them, since when, he ^has^ heard nothing about the matter– Will you please inform me what, if any thing, I can do to advance the matter?–
Very RespectfullyA. Lincoln
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Hon. A. Lincoln
Washington Jan 29/48[January 29 1848]
Asks settlement of the claim of Andrew Hodge, now on file,
Pay &c[etc] due him
Rec'd[Received] Jan 29, 1848
Ans'd[Answered] same day, not reached.
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Origl fil[Original filed] 31 Aug 47[August 1847]
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2Andrew Hodge died on September 9, 1846.
Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 289.
3The land claim came under provisions of section nine of an act passed by Congress on February 11, 1847.
“An Act to Raise for a Limited Time an Additional Military Force, and for Other Purposes,” 11 February 1847, Statutes at Large of the United States 9 (1862):125-26.

Autograph Letter Signed , 2 page(s), Box 3, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).