Abraham Lincoln to Richard S. Thomas, 24 August 18541Springfield, Aug 24, 1854– Hon. R. S. Thomas, Dear Sir:
Your letter of the 19th was received day before yesterday–2 The payee of the note did write me that he had written Allard on the subject of the note in your hands; so that when Allard shows you the letter, you need not doubt its genuineness– If the letter does, unconditionally, or only with the condition of my consent, agree to take $110 and my fee, Settle the matter that way– As to the amount of my fees, take ten dollars, which you and I will divide equally.3Yours as EverA. Lincoln–
1This document is attributed to Abraham Lincoln but is not in his hand. The original in Lincoln’s hand is not extant.
3Abraham Lincoln and Thomas collected the debt owed by Luther S. Allard and split the $10 fee for their efforts.
Lincoln & Thomas collected debt, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=141441.
Handwritten Transcription, 1 page(s), Volume Volume 2, Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).