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Asa Lee Davison to Abraham Lincoln, 23 November 18481
Hon. 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–
1Asa Lee Davison wrote this letter in its entirety.
2The enclosed “beauty” was not with the letter and has not been located.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Private Collection (Sarah Butler, Bloomington, IL).