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Wednesday, February 13, 1856.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Richard P. Morgan, an official with the Chicago & Mississippi Railroad, and requests a new "annual pass." The Railroad retained Lincoln for legal work and in turn provided him with a pass, also called a "chalked hat." Lincoln jokes that he is like someone who breaks a friend's "wheelbarrow" and asks to borrow it again once it is repaired. He writes, "'Heres your old 'chalked hat' I wish you would take it, and send me a new one, case I shall want to use it the first of March.'" Abraham Lincoln to Richard P. Morgan, 13 February 1856, CW, 2:330.