Abraham Lincoln to William Brown and Richard Yates, 19 February 18491
Messrs.[Messieurs] Brown & Yates.Gentlemen:
Your letter, enclosing the papers for Bounty land & Extra pay for Mrs Eliza Pearson, was received saturday night–2 This (monday) morning I went to the Pension office, filed the Bounty land papers; went to the Pay Master, and had the claim for extra pay rejected, because the proof of two witnesses that Mrs Pearson, is the widow of the soldier—which proof, they say, is indispensable–3 I went back to the Pension office to see if the papers left there might not supply the proof, but the office was so full, I could get no chance– I shall try it again to-morrow morning–
Yours as everA Lincoln
1Lincoln wrote this letter in its entirety.
2This letter has not been found.
3Pearson’s husband could not be positively identified.

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