Abraham Lincoln to Amos Williams, 8 December 18481Washington, Decr 8. 1848Dear Sir:
Your letter of Novr[November] 27. was here for me when I arrived on yesterday– I also received the one addressed me at Springfield; but seeing I could do nothing in the matter then & there, and being very busy with the Presidential election, I threw it by, and forgot it–2 I shall do better now– Herewith I send you a document of "Information &c[etc]" which you can examine; and then if you think fit, to file a caveat, you can send me a description and drawing of your "invention" or "improvement" together with $20 in money, and I will file it for you–3 Nothing can be done, by caveat, or by examing the models here, ^as you request^ without having a description of your invention– You perceive the reason of this–4Yours as everA. Lincoln
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[?]Mr Amos WilliamsDanvilleIlls–
1Abraham Lincoln wrote this entire document, including the address on the last page, which was folded to make an envelope.
3A caveat is a notice given by a person, informing a court that another person may file a suit or application against him and that the court must give the caveator (person filing the caveat) a fair hearing before deciding any matter brought before it in the relevant case.
Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s). Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).