Abraham Lincoln to John M. McCalla, 7 December 18481H. of R.
Dec. 7. 1848.Sir:
Your early attention is respectfully solicited to the enclosed papers, as I am desirous of advising my constituents of the settlement of the claims at an early day.2Yours Respectfully,A. LincolnHon. Jno. M. McCalla
Wrote to A. G.4 for date of oath 5th Oct[October] 49–
It appears by the rolls that he was Last paid by P. M.[Paymaster] Ringgold– probably in the Hospital–
2The enclosed papers Lincoln references were not with this letter, and they have not been found. The docketing on the back of the letter suggests that the papers concerned James Milton, deceased, and Thomas Leakley, Company F, 2nd Illinois Volunteers, whose back pay from their service in the Mexican War was being sought by William Milton, James Milton’s father, through Lincoln and the firm of Hempstead & Washburne. In a letter dated March 22, 1849, Elihu B. Washburne suggested that Lincoln might have received a land warrant for William Milton due for his son’s service. Public land sales records show that Milton received 240 acres by warrant in February and April 1848 in Apple River Township in northern Jo Daviess County.
Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1974), 10:12; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Jo Daviess County, 711:83, 85, 86, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.
Handwritten Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Box 3, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).