279. Annie E. Jonas to William H. Herndon.
Quincy Ills Oct 28th 1866.
I am ashamed to confess the error I made in copying the letter I forwarded to you marked "Confidential"; of course the letter was dated, as the contents (for availability before the election) would indicate — 1860.
380attendant upon the Fremont campaign, and thrown into prison until the boat left; Then, as no one was especially interested in him, he was forgotten. After a certain length of time, established by law, he would inevitably have been sold into slavery to defray prison expenses had not Mr — [L]incoln heard of it, and written to a brother of mine, a young lawyer — to get him out, and charge the expense incurred to him; My brother did so, but he now writes me that the only person who accepted remuneration for his services, was the now "radical" Col — A. P. Field. My brother was a rebel, and upon my asking for Mr Lincoln's letters for you — answered that with other papers they were stolen from his office by some U.S. Quarter-master, whom he hoped to discover through his forwarding the letters to you. I too hope the letters will find their way to you, though as they were in the office of the Lt Gov — (Hyams) of the state, I should [s]ay both Office, and papers were [ta]ken "possession of." Pardon me, if I have been waarisome, but if the letters come to you, you will know their story, I am afraid they were destroyed. You are not kind in denying us letter forwarders the privalege of paying our own postage, Respectfully
Annie E. Jonas
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