Abraham Lincoln to Charles S. Hempstead and Elihu B. Washburne, 11 November 18531Springfield, Novr 11. 1853.Mssrs[Messieurs] Hempstead & Washburne.Gentlemen
On reaching home yesterday I found a letter from your Mr Washburne, desiring me to get an old map ^of Galena^ from the files of the Supreme Court, and send it to you–2 I would gladly oblige you; but there is no Supreme Court clerk here, and the files of that court are unaccessable–3 I try to bear the subject in mind when the Clerk does come–Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln–
2Elihu B. Washburne’s letter to Lincoln has not been located. Lincoln returned home to Springfield after nine weeks conducting legal business on the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 5 September 1853, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1853-09-05; 10 November 1849, http://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1853-11-10.
3William B. Warren was the clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court, Second Grand Division, which sat in Springfield. At the time Lincoln wrote this letter, the Illinois Supreme Court, Second Grand Division, was scheduled to hold court on December 12, 1853.
James A. Rose, comp., Blue Book of the State of Illinois 1911 (Danville, IL: Illinois Printing, 1911), 7, 175; “An Act Fixing the Times of Holding the Supreme Court,” 6 January 1849, Laws of Illinois (1849), 57.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA).