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Saturday, October 16, 1847.+-

Charleston, IL.

Ficklin and Constable appear before Wilson and Treat in behalf of petitioners, with Linder and Lincoln representing Matson. Court orders slaves discharged from sheriff's custody and from "all servitude whatever from henceforth and forever." At night, Matson, disgruntled at verdict, leaves state without paying his attorneys their fee. Beveridge, Abraham Lincoln, 1:392-97; Record; Charleston (Ill.) Globe, 27 October 1847; Illinois Law Review, I, 366.

Lincoln, for complainant, writes and signs declaration, pleas, and instructions for jury in Watson v. Gill. Jury finds defendant guilty and awards Lincoln's client $215. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.