Asa Lee Davison to Abraham Lincoln, 23 November 18481Canton Ill. [Nov]. 23. 1848Hon. Abram Lincoln Esq[Esquire]Dear Sir,
I have to thank you ^for^ a report from the Patent office and several of your eloquent speeches– Hope for a continuance of like favours–Patent office
Inclosed you will see one of the many beauties of the Sub-treasury, by which you will see there is due me at the Patent office $20.2 which they have no way of sending to me– And I must call there for it or send an agent– And altho'[although] it is with extreme reluctance that I would burthen you with such a matter, I can think of no other way to obtain the money, than by asking you to get it for me in gold and sending me a current bank bill, by mail– for which I have written an order below–With great respect
Your friend and Huml Sert[Humble Servant]Asa Lee DavisonP. S. Missouri Paper is good enough for me–
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Private Collection (Sarah Butler, Bloomington, IL).