Abraham Lincoln to William H. Young, 28 August 18481Washington, Aug: 28 1848W. H. Young:Dear Sir:
Your letter enquiring after land warrants has been received, and I have left it with the Commissioner of Pensions, with a special request, in writing that he attend to it, and write you–2 You will hear from him before long–
As to the three months extra pay; Pay-masters are to go round and pay it to the volunteers in their respective vicinities– Advertisements will go in advance of them, and no forms are necessary, as I understand it–3Yours trulyA Lincoln
2William H. Young’s letter to Lincoln has not been located. Lincoln’s letter to Commissioner of Pensions James L. Edwards has not been located.
3Section five of an act passed by Congress on July 19, 1848 gave three-months extra pay to all soldiers who engaged in military service during the Mexican War who completed their term of enlistment or had been honorably discharged. For those who had died in battle or died subsequent to service, the money would go to their relatives.
“An Act to Amend an Act Entitled ‘An Act Supplemental to an Act Entitled, ‘An Act providing for the Prosecution of the Existing War Between the United States and the Republic of Mexico,’’ and for Other Purposes,” Statutes at Large of the United States 9 (1862):248.
Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).