When Thomas Lewis (1808-1900), an Illinois attorney whom Abraham Lincoln had sponsored at the bar, was in his eighties, he assembled a short business manual called "Everybody's Calendar, Receipt and Expense Book for Four Years" and published it in 1896. In front of its reference data he inserted a 20-page memoir, including two very brief anecdotes about his meetings with Lincoln in the 1840s. These add nothing new to scholars' understanding of the president, but Lincoln’s iconic status makes almost anything with a Lincoln connection interesting. This memoir is reproduced here.
Lewis printed his pamphlet on poor quality paper with a high acid content, similar to newsprint, and had it crudely bound between cardboard covers. He probably distributed a small number of copies to friends and sold the rest to local businesses in Kansas City. Because most of its contents were only relevant for four years, most copies of the pamphlet were probably thrown away at the turn of the century. Most of the copies given to friends undoubtedly perished long ago because the booklet’s materials and workmanship were so crude. Only one complete copy is known to survive, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill.
Martha Florey of Madison, a descendent of Thomas Lewis, recently gave the Society a copy of Lewis’ pamphlet. Florey received the booklet decades ago, but it lay unnoticed among papers and clothing inherited from her grandmother. This copy was inscribed by Lewis to his great-great grand-niece, Ethel Logan.