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Tuesday, February 20, 1849.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln answers Welles' letter. He explains that he forgot letter and money until he was on boat below St. Louis. He asked Yeatman, who was returning to St. Louis, to deliver them. Yeatman remembers receiving them, but fears pickpocket got them. Lincoln writes to Joshua F. Speed that he believes he could get Land Office appointment for himself, but doubts if he can for anyone else. Abraham Lincoln to Charles R. Welles, 20 February 1849, CW, 2:29-30; Abraham Lincoln to Joshua F. Speed, 20 February 1849, CW, 2:28-29.