Thomas Ford to Norman H. Purple, Abraham Lincoln, and Stephen J. Jankiewicz, 8 July 18431
I forgot to mention to you when at Springfield that Mr Archibald Job of Sylvan Grove Cass County requested of me that he might have an opportunity of being present at any Settlement or arbitration which might be had between the State and Doct Henry He was one of the State House Commissioners; and you will do me a particular favor by dropping him a line of notification directed to Virginia, Cass County
I am most RespectfullyThomas FordMessrs[Messieurs] Purple Lincoln & Jankiewietz
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PEORIA Il.[Illinois]
JUL[July] 10
Messrs Purple Lincoln & JankeweitzSpringfieldIllinois
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Governor Thomas Ford
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1Thomas Ford wrote and signed the letter. He also authored the address on the back page, which was folded to create an envelope for mailing.
Abraham Lincoln, Norman H. Purple, and Stephen J. Jankiewicz had been appointed arbitrators to decide whether Anson G. Henry or the State of Illinois was the proper owner of a promissory note for over $200. The arbitrators decided in favor of the State.
Henry for use of Logan v. Spear, 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),; Arbitration Agreement and Award to the State of Illinois Against Anson G. Henry.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Manuscripts, SC523-A, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).