Leonard Swett to Abraham Lincoln, January 24, 1861, Pittsburgh, PA, 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 Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Jan 24 1861
I am here, sick on my back, & likely to remain so for several days, may be, a week
I took a severe cold just before leaving Washington which by the exposure incident to travel since has thrown me into a fever, I think I have it broken now.
Gen'l Scott sent word to me the evening before I left through T. Corwin & Col Stone that he wanted you to send a messenger to W before you went informing him all about your route, time of departure &c &c He dont want this by letter for fear the mail will be robed He wants quietly to station such force about Baltimore, I suppose as will protect you, in any event
I shall come to Springfield as soon as I am able