Abraham Lincoln to Mary Lincoln, 24 May 18481
My dear wife:
Enclosed is the draft as I promised you in my letter of sunday–2 It is drawn in favor of your father, and I doubt not, he will give you the money for it at once– I write this letter in the post-office, surrounded by men and noise, which, together with the fact that there is nothing new, makes me write so short a letter3
AffectionatelyA. Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2Neither the enclosed draft nor Lincoln’s letter of Sunday has been located.
3Mary Lincoln accompanied her husband to Washington, DC when he assumed his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in December 1847, but by April 1848, she and the children had returned to her father’s house in Lexington, Kentucky.
Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 1:257, 262.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Lincoln Papers, MS848324, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH).