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Wednesday, September 12, 1849.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln & Herndon represent the complainants in Webster & Huntington v. French et al. Three defendants default. Four defendants file demurrers which the court sustained. In Moffett v. Lewis & Johnson, in which Lincoln & Herndon represent the complainant, the court permits them to file a bill of exceptions for appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. Preparing for the appeal, Lincoln writes the exhibits he filed for evidence during the trial, and a memorandum of process by which decision was reached. Then he writes court decree and order granting appeal. In Watson v. Sangamon and Morgan Railroad the court refers the case to arbitrators. Record; Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At his office, Lincoln talks to George D. Berry, from Christian County, who wishes to sue John S. Cagle for trespass. Lincoln writes declaration alleging that Cagle caused Berry's daughter Elizabeth to bear illegitimate child and be sick for nine months. Lincoln & Herndon ask $1,000 damages, asking clerk of Christian County to file declaration and subpoena eight witnesses. Record.

Lincoln writes two patronage letters. He recommends Hart Fellows of Schuyler County for Oregon appointment to Secretary of State Clayton. He tells Elisha Embree of Indiana that he has already made a recommendation for secretary of Oregon Territory. Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton, 12 September 1849, CW, 2:62; Abraham Lincoln to Elisha Embree, 12 September 1849, CW, 2:63.