James L. Edwards to Maria Davis in Care of Abraham Lincoln, 20 March 1849March 20th 1849,Sir,
You are hereby notified that your claim under the 9th section of the act of February 11, 1847, allowing bounty land or scrip, at the option of the claimant, has been allowed, and the Commissioner of the General Land Office has been duly notified thereof.1 He will give you further information on the subject in due time.I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,J. L. EDWARDS,
Commissioner of Pensions.To Mr.S. Maria DavisCare of Honle[Honorable] A. LincolnM. C.[Member of Congress]2
1“An Act to Raise for a Limited Time an Additional Military Force, and for Other Purposes,” 11 February 1847, Statutes at Large of the United States 9 (1862):125-26.
2While serving in the House of Representatives, Abraham Lincoln carried on a correspondence with Walter Davis, son of Maria Davis and brother of Thomas Davis, who died in battle during his service in the Mexican War. Lincoln assisted Walter and Maria in securing the back pay and a warrant for bounty lands due Thomas.
Partially Printed Letter Signed with a Representation, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).