Abraham Lincoln to Orville H. Browning, 22 June 18581
O. H. Browning, Esq[Esquire]My dear Sir
Mrs Macready has appeared here again this morning; and it now occurs to me as strange that I did not think to ask you whether you can surely be on hand at the next term, if we continue the case till then– Can you? Answer as soon as possible, after receiving– ^this–^ If you can possibly be here at this term say so, and about what day; but I understood you that probably you can not be here again at this term–2
Yours trulyA Lincoln

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A. Lincoln
June 25. 1858 Ansd[Answered]3
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2Docketing on the verso of this letter, shown in the second image, reveals that Orville H. Browning replied to Lincoln on June 25, but his reply has not been located. However, the case outcome reveals that Lincoln and Browning did not delay the case.
In March 1857, Mrs. Mary Macready fell into a hole while walking on a public sidewalk in Alton, Illinois, injuring her ankle, leg, and back. Incapacitated after the fall, she missed a business engagement and spent $500 on medical expenses. She retained Lincoln & Herndon and Browning & Bushnell, who sued the city of Alton in the U.S. Circuit Court, Southern District of Illinois in April 1858 in an action of trespass and requested $20,000 in damages for the city’s negligence in maintaining the sidewalks and failure to properly warn members of the public of ongoing repairs and hazards. In June 1858, the jury found for Macready and awarded $300 in damages.
Macready v. Alton, Illinois, 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), https://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137571.
3Browning wrote this docketing, shown in the second image.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s) Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).