45. Joseph S. Wilson to James Harlan
June 27. 1865.
In reply to the letter of Mr W. H. Herndon, who is writing the Biography of the late President, dated June 19. 1865, herewith returned, I have the honor to state, pursuant to the Secretary's reference, that on the 15th of Oct. 1817 Mr Thomas Lincoln, then of Perry County Indiana, entered under the old credit System;
1st The South West Quarter of Section 32 in Township 4 South of Range 5 West, lying in Spencer County Indiana.
2nd Afterwards the said Thomas relinquished to the United States the East half of Said South West Quarter; and the amount paid thereon was passed to his credit, to complete payment of the West half of Said South West Quarter of Section 32 in Township 4 South of Range 5 West; and accordingly a patent was issued to said Thomas Lincoln for the latter tract. The patent was dated June 6. 1827, and was signed by John Quincy Adams, then President of the United States, and countersigned by George Graham, then Commissioner of the General Land Office.
Thomas Lincoln was the father of Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States, the latter having borne the christian name of his grandfather.
3d In regard to the Bounty Land Warrants issued to Abraham Lincoln, for Military Services during the Black Hawk war as Captain of 4th Illinois Volunteers; the first warrant, No 52076 for forty acres, Act of 1850, was issued to Abraham Lincoln, Captain &c, on the 16th April 1852, and was located in his name by his duly appointed attorney, John P. Davies, at Dubuque Iowa, July 21. 1854, on the North West quarter of the South West quarter of Section 20 in Township 84 North of Range 15 West, Iowa. A patent, as recorded in volume 280 page 21, was issued for this tract to Abraham Lincoln on the lst of June 1855, and transmitted the 26th Oct. 1855 to the Register for delivery.
Under the act of 1855, another Land Warrant, No 68465, for 120 acres, was issued to Abraham Lincoln, Captain Illinois Militia, Black Hawk war, on the 22d
63April 1856, and was located by himself at Springfield Illinois, Dec. 27, 1859, on the East half of the North — East quarter, and the North — West quarter of the North East quarter of Section 18 in Township 84 North of Range 39 West; for which a patent, as recorded in volume 468 page 53, was issued Sept. 10. 1860, and Sent Oct. 30. 1860 to the Register for delivery.
I am, Sir,
Very respectfully Your O'bt Servant
Jos. S. Wilson,
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4495; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:120 — 21