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Monday, January 31, 1853.+-

Springfield, IL.

About this date Lincoln receives letter from John A. Rockwell who solicits his aid in obtaining coal mining charter from legislature. "Being very busy in the Courts when your letter reached me," Lincoln later explains, "I let a few days slip before attending to it." Abraham Lincoln to John A. Rockwell, 15 February 1853, CW, 2:190-91.