Letter from Abraham Lincoln to John Johnston (1851)

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Dear Brother:

When I wrote you before I had not received your letter. I still think as I did; but if the land can be sold so that I get three hundred dollars to put to interest for mother, I will not object if she does not. But before I will make a deed, the money must be had, or secured, beyond all doubt, at ten per cent.

As to Abram, I do not want him on my own account; but I understand he wants to live with me so that he can go to school, and get a fair start in the world, which I very much wish him to have. When I reach home, if I can make it convenient to take, I will take him provided there is no mistake between us as to the object and terms of my taking him.

In haste

As ever

A. Lincoln


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