John Shelby to Abraham Lincoln, 13 June 18491
Hon– A. LincolnSir,
In the absence of my son-in law W Barrow, I took the liberty of opening your letter 5th instant.2 He is now in Boston and may probably return via Washington, but the most ^certain^ mode of obtaining a letter from him, is to write to him at Philadelphia, to the care of C. C. Norvell.3
very respectfullyJ. Shelby
1John Shelby wrote and signed this letter.
2Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Washington Barrow has not been located. Most likely, Lincoln wrote Barrow about the battle over who would replace Richard M. Young as commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. See the General Land Office Affair.
3Lincoln’s response to this letter, if he wrote one, has not been located. No subsequent letter from Lincoln to Barrow, care of Caleb C. Norvell, has been located.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).