John D. Johnston to Abraham Lincoln, Friday, May 25, 1849 (Illness of Thomas Lincoln (father), Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
friday morning Char May 25th 1849
I hast to in form you That father is yet a Live & that is all & he Craves to See you all the time & he wants you to Come1 if you ar able to git hure, for you are his only Child that is of his own flush & blood & it is nothing more than natere for him to crave to see you, he says he has all most Despared of see ing you, & he wonts you to pre pare to meet him in the unknown world, or in heven, for he thinks that ower Savour Savour has a Crown of glory, prepared for him I wright this with a bursting hart, I came to town for the Doctorr, & I won you to make an effort Come, if you ar able to get hure, & he wonts me to tell your wife that he Loves hure & wonts hure to hure prepare to meet him at ower Savours feet, we are all well, your Brother in hast
J. D. Johnston