Check of Abraham Lincoln to Joel A. Matteson, 28 August 18571
Pay toJ. A. Mattesonor Bearer
Two hundred/100 Dollars,
A. Lincoln
Richards & Smith, Printers.
1Abraham Lincoln filled in the blanks of this partially printed check and signed it.
2It is unknown what this payment from Lincoln to Joel A. Matteson was for, but it was likely related to a loan Matteson made to James Primm that was secured by Lincoln. When Primm could not pay back Matteson, Lincoln stepped in and paid the debt, becoming the loaner to Primm. Primm repaid Lincoln in the form of real estate in Lincoln, Illinois, on March 11, 1858.
Lawrence B. Stringer, History of Logan County Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer, 1911), 1:222; Harry E. Pratt, The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1943), 67.

Copy of Partially Printed Document Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).