Abraham Lincoln to George P. Floyd, 21 February 18561Springfield, Illinois,
February 21, 1856.Mr. George P. Floyd,Quincy, Illinois.Dear Sir:
I have just received yours of the 16th, with check on Flagg & Savage for twenty-five dollars.2 You must think I am a high-priced man. You are too liberal with your money.
Fifteen dollars is enough for the job. I send you a receipt for fifteen dollars, and return to you a ten-dollar bill.3Yours truly,A. Lincoln.
1This letter is attributed to Abraham Lincoln but no manuscript version in his hand has been located.
3Floyd became acquainted with Lincoln in February 1856. Floyd had leased Quincy House in Quincy, Illinois, and he employed Lincoln to draw up and execute the lease.
George P. Floyd, “Abraham Lincoln’s Rum Sweat: A Vigorous Remedy that Helped him During his Presidential Campaign,” McClure’s Magazine 30 (January 1908), 303; Lincoln provided unspecified legal services to Floyd, 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=141424.
Printed Transcription, 1 page(s), Gilbert A. Tracy, Uncollected Letter of Abraham Lincoln (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1917), 66.