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Monday, May 7, 1849.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln loans John Hay $500, taking promissory note secured by mortgage on 150 acres of land about two miles south of Springfield. Note is payable six months from date, and is to bear interest at 6 per cent. Book CC of Mortgages, 43.

Lincoln writes to George W. Rives, of Paris, Illinois, in response to Rives's request for Lincoln's help in attaining a federal position, specifically related to the Minnesota Territory. Rives explains, "I learn from the deportment that the solicitations of . . . friends of the present administration are attended to more promptly." Lincoln writes, "You overrate my capacity to serve you. Not one man recommended by me has yet been appointed to any thing, little or big, except a few who had no opposition." George W. Rives to Abraham Lincoln, 25 April 1849, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to George W. Rives, 7 May 1849, CW, 2:46.

He buys, at Irwin's store, $4.62 in groceries and 6¾ yards moreen and piece of binding (15¢). Irwin Journal and Ledger.