Railroad Pass for Abraham Lincoln, 31 December 18571
This Ticket will pass but one person.3No. 31st December, 1857.
Pass Hon A Lincoln
Until Dec.[December] 31, 1858, unless otherwi[s]e ordered.J C Clarke Supt.[Superintendent]5
1James C. Clarke filled in the blanks on this partially printed railroad pass and signed it. The pass bears ten punched holes, presumably made on presentation of the pass to a railroad official for use.
4Lincoln had been an attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad Company since 1853.
Harry E. Pratt, The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1943), 49-54; For Lincoln’s cases involving the Illinois Central Railroad, search Participant, “Illinois Central RR,” 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.
Copy of Partially Printed Document Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).