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Abraham Lincoln to J. C. Louderman and Company, 14 March 18521
Messrs.[Messieurs] J. C Louderman & CoSt Louis: Mo..Gentlemen:
Mr Bunn has returned to Springfield, saying he took the sample of our carpet to you, and afterwards forgot to give the matter any further attention– He also says he handed you your own letter to us, with a memorandum of mine at the bottom of it–2 I must now ask the favor of you to send us back the sample, (as, to lose it will spoil the carpet we have) and with it, if it matches, the quantity, or number of yards (35 I believe) men of the new, mentioned in the memorandum– The expense, at all events, and price of the new carpet, if it matches & you send it, I will pay promptly to your order— and shall feel under great obligation, besides–3
Very RespectfullyA. Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2The letter from J. C. Louderman and Company that Lincoln references, with his memorandum included at the bottom of it, has not been located.
3No other correspondence between Lincoln and J. C. Louderman and Company in 1852 has been located. However, Lincoln previously purchased 7.25 yards of carpet from the company in the spring of 1849.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Rosenbach Museum and Library (Philadelphia, PA).