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Monday, January 3, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to his wife's aunt Maria L. Bullock, of Kentucky. Lincoln is attempting to collect money from the sale of Bullock's Springfield lots. Lincoln reports, "It annoys me to have to say that I can not collect money now. I now believe the quickest way I can get your money is for me to buy the debts of you, as soon as I can get in any money of my own to do it with. I keep some money loaned at ten per cent; and when I can get hold of some, it would be a ready investment for me to just take these debts off your hands; and I shall try to do so." Abraham Lincoln to Maria Bullock, 3 January 1859, CW, 3:348.

Lincoln & Herndon collect $289.91 from former sheriff John Cook on execution of Chambers v. Inslee, which they won for plaintiff, and Lincoln signs receipt. Photocopy.