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Saturday, June 7, 1856.+-

Decatur, IL and Springfield, IL.

Lincoln appears briefly in court, then leaves for Springfield. In Overholt & Squier v. Christian County, Illinois he successfully moves appeal to Supreme Court. Reaching Springfield, he writes and files defendant's affidavit in Freeman & Bright v. Merriman in U.S. Circuit Court (see July 26, 1856). Record.

Then he writes to Senator Trumbull on politics. To defeat Buchanan, he says, nominate conservative, and suggests Judge John McLean of U.S. Supreme Court. He warns of danger of disregarding old Whig conservative sentiment."I think I may trust you to believe I do not say this on my own personal account." He will go for anyone not "platformed" on ground he considers wrong. Abraham Lincoln to Lyman Trumbull, 7 June 1856, CW, 2:342-43.