Now THAT the election was over, Lincoln went back to his law practice, so long neglected for politics. The old calendar of the United States District Court shows him filing pleadings, arguing motions, taking judgments, and trying cases. Frequently he won and again he lost, but he was busy.
He was still in touch with friends and relatives in the Blue- grass. Deferred payments on certain real estate which he had sold for Robert S. Todd's sister. Maria Bullock, were coming in slowly, and early in January, Lincoln wrote her about them:
Springfield, Ills. ]an. 3, 1859
I have recently had two letters from our cousin Charles Caff, in relation to your business. It annoys me to have to say that I can not collect money now. I now believe the quickest way I can get your money is for me to buy the debts of you, as soon as I can get in any money of my own to do it with. I keep some money loaned at ten per cent; and when I can get hold of some, it would be a ready investment for me to just take these debts off your hands;