Patrick J. Nagle to Abraham Lincoln, 2 June 18581Woodford Co
June the 2nd 1858Mr LynkinSir
having the pleasure of meeting you in Lacon and helped you all in my power2 and shall do so at any future time I wish to have a little of your judgement on a matter that is of some importance to me. on the 26 of may last I bought five acres of land in this town from D A O Neil3 the owner of the land of[what?] this town stands and a section comprising the town lots and vicinity.
I bought before witness for thirty dollars [?] acre and he Mr O N was to have his agent Samuel Works to make out my papers papers next morning Mr O N left that night I demanded my bond for a deed of sale Mr Works refused to give any certificate of sale of the five acres I bought but would give me five in a differant
<Page 3>place to where I bought of the Owner Mr Works does not want me to have the land as his friends want some lots on the same piece I want to know from you if I can hold him to his contract before witness and oblige him to give me a bond of sale by my paying, for said piece, according to my agreement. I hope to hear your advice about the matter as soon as possible and [the?] know how to act and what to do.
I am living here for nearly one year and hope to hear from you when you think I can help you any in political sense please do not delay your reply to this4I am Sir with respect
your Obedient ServantPatrick J. NagleA Lyncoln Esqr[Esquire]
2It is unclear when Nagle and Abraham Lincoln met in Lacon, Illinois. There is no record of Lincoln traveling to Lacon in 1858; however, during the election campaign of 1856, Lincoln spoke in Lacon to a meeting of the Marshall County Republicans on September 30.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1858, https://thelincolnlog.org/CalendarYear.aspx?year=1858&r=L0NhbGVuZGFyLmFzcHg=; 30 September 1856, https://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1856-09-30.
4No additional correspondence between Lincoln and Nagle has been located. However, Lincoln endorsed the envelope, indicating that he answered it. See the docketing on the left side of the envelope shown in the fourth image. It is unclear if Lincoln offered Nagle any legal advice or undertook any legal action on Nagle’s behalf.
5Nagle wrote this postmark in pencil on the envelope, shown in the fourth image. He also wrote Lincoln’s name and address on the envelope in ink.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).