Results 26 entries found

Tuesday, May 1, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Five of Lincoln's cases, continued from fall term, are called. Hitchcock v. Glasgow, action in debt, is dismissed by plaintiff. Lincoln represents defendant. Ruble v. Cashman, appeal from justice's court in which Lincoln appears for plaintiff, is tried by jury, which finds in favor of plaintiff. Record.

Lincoln writes joinder to plea in Ricketts v. Goings, in which he acts with Shephert. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 2, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln has one case in court, Mark v. Bailey et al., chancery suit in which he is one of three solicitors representing defendants. Complainants' solicitors dismiss suit as against several defendants, and continue it against others (see May 9, 1856). Record.

Thursday, May 3, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Two cases occupy Lincoln in court. In one he represents defendant in action brought to collect promissory note for $98.68. Plaintiff's attorney dismisses suit. Second case, Mickle v. Pike & Skinner, is appeal in which Lincoln represents defendants. Plaintiff drops case against Pike, and jury awards $18.37 damages against Skinner, other defendant. Record.

[Lincoln's account at John Williams & Co. is charged $3 for "9 yds. Somerset Lawn." Pratt, Personal Finances, 147.]

Friday, May 4, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Sensational case of Pearl & Pearl v. Graham et al., which commenced in Tazewell Circuit Court year previous, is concluded. Plaintiffs drop case as to four defendants. Remaining 17 defendants stand trial with Lincoln as their attorney. Jury finds six guilty and assesses plaintiffs' damages at $50. Others are found not guilty. Record.

Lincoln writes and files affidavit of Benjamin Kellogg Jr. in Flint v. Kellogg et al. He writes for complainant lengthy bill in Harris Lime Rock Co. v. Harris et al.Photocopy.

Saturday, May 5, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln defends U. H. Crosby on charge of obstructing road with fence. Jury finds for plaintiff and assesses his damages at $1; Lincoln files bill of exceptions. Record.

Lincoln gives Crosby receipt for $5—"on my fee in his road suit in the Tazewell circuit court." Original, Metamora Court House.

He writes defendant's instructions in Gipps v. Crosby (see May 3, 1856). Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sunday, May 6, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln writes injunction bond in Flint v. Kellogg et al., which defendant signs. Photocopy.

Monday, May 7, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln's only case, People v. Shaffer & Shaffer, indictment for cheating and fraud, is continued. Record.

He files injunction bond in Flint v. Kellogg et al.Photocopy.

Tuesday, May 8, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Representing plaintiff, Lincoln tries Ricketts v. Goings before jury, which returns verdict of $220 in favor of his client (see October 4, 1855). On behalf of petitioner in Opdycke v. Opdycke & Opdycke he secures permission to sell real estate, and writes and files order of court. Record; Photocopy.

Wednesday, May 9, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Gill v. McGrew, assumpsit case in which Lincoln is one of plaintiff's attorneys, is dismissed by agreement at defendant's costs. Record.

He writes agreement in Ayers v. Brown & Brown. Photocopy.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys and charges $1.58 worth of ribbon. Pratt, Personal Finances, 147.

Thursday, May 10, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Norman H. Purple, representing defendant in Ricketts v. Goings, tried Tuesday, enters motion to arrest judgment and set aside verdict. After argument, case is continued. In divorce case—Matthews v. Matthews—Lincoln writes and files cross bill for defendant, Josiah Matthews. Record.

Lincoln files his bill in Harris Lime Rock Co. v. Harris et al.Photocopy.

Friday, May 11, 1855.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln has three cases. One is tried before jury, which fails to agree; another is dismissed; third is continued. Record.

Lincoln gives Benjamin Kellogg, Jr. receipt for $50—"in full balance of all fees, up to this date, and also one dollar and a quarter, to be applied on the next fee." He writes bill of exceptions in Gipps v. Crosby. Photocopy; Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Monday, May 14, 1855.+-

Springfield, IL and Clinton, IL.

From Springfield, Lincoln writes to Wilbur F. Boggs, of Kingston, Missouri, regarding Clandey Barnette, who served with Lincoln in the Black Hawk War of 1832. Boggs wrote to Lincoln on behalf of Barnette, who seeks proof of a military "discharge" so that he may make a "Claim for Bounty Land." Lincoln does not have access to the "old rolls or papers of my company." He writes, "I do very well remember, however, that Clandy Barnett, a small man, with a scar on his face, and not far from my own age . . . did serve more than fourteen days (near forty I think) in the company of which I had the command as Captain . . . and that he was entitled to an honorable discharge." Wilbur F. Boggs to Abraham Lincoln, 19 April 1855, IHi, Springfield, IL; Abraham Lincoln to Wilbur F. Boggs, 14 May 1855, CW, 2:311-12.

At Clinton, where DeWitt Circuit Court is in session, Lincoln appears in two cases. Record.

Lincoln's account at John Williams' store is charged 10¢ for "Sewing Silk," for which Mrs. Lincoln sent "Son." Pratt, Personal Finances, 147.

Tuesday, May 15, 1855.+-

Clinton, IL.

Williams v. Clearwater is tried by jury, which finds defendant guilty. Record.

Wednesday, May 16, 1855.+-

Clinton, IL.

In Spencer v. Illinois Central RR, trespass, jury finds for plaintiff and assesses his damages at $5.33?. Record.

Lincoln writes and files plea in Campbell v. Warner. He and Moore are for Warner. William H. Hanna, who is suing Whitlock, pays Lincoln $20 retainer. Photocopy.

Thursday, May 17, 1855.+-

Clinton, IL.

Lincoln and C. H. Moore represent Illinois Central Railroad Company in assumpsit case in which jury finds for plaintiff and assesses his damages at $100. Stuart and Edwards represent plaintiff. Record.

This is one of cases covered by Lincoln's draft of September 14, 1855 for fees.

Friday, May 18, 1855.+-

Clinton, IL.

On behalf of Milton K. Alexander of Paris, Lincoln files ejectment suit against John Warner, and gets rule on defendant to plead within 20 days. In two other cases Lincoln appears as defendants' attorney, files and proves execution of powers of attorney, and confesses judgments for $186.38 and $169.99. Record.

He writes and files pleas in Fairchild v. Madden, for defendant. In J. C. Johnson & Brother v. Illinois Central RR he writes and files four pleas, for defendant with Moore. Photocopy.

Saturday, May 19, 1855.+-

Clinton, IL.

Lincoln files defendant's pleas in Fairchild v. Madden. Jury finds Madden guilty. He files defendant's answer in Warner & Moore v. Slatten et al., and executes bond of James Kelly in Kelly v. Evans, executor of Jesse D. Blackledge, deceased. Record; Photocopy.

Monday, May 21, 1855.+-

Urbana, IL.

"May term of the Circuit Court of Champaign Co. is in session in this place this week, Hon. David Davis presiding," Urbana Union notes (May 24, 1855). "The lawyers who usually attend the sittings of our court are present on this occasion. The business on the Dockets is of that character that does not require much time—being mostly suits that are not litigated. Several indictments found at the last term come up for trial."

Tuesday, May 22, 1855.+-

Urbana, IL.

Lincoln writes injunction bond in Robinson v. Brown, which George W. Brown and Edward Ate sign. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 23, 1855.+-

Urbana, IL.

Lincoln writes chancery bill in Robinson v. Brown. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Friday, May 25, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Vermilion Circuit Court convenes for spring term. Eight of Lincoln's cases are called and quickly disposed. Record.

He writes Jacob Harding of Paris "Prairie Beacon": "I should be glad for you to put in your paper of this week, the names of Stephen T. Logan, as a candidate for Judge of the Supreme Court; and of Stephen A. Corneau, for Clerk of the Supreme Court." Abraham Lincoln to Jacob Harding, 25 May 1855, CW, 2:312.

Saturday, May 26, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln has busy day in court. Three of his cases are tried before court, and every verdict is in favor of his clients. In fourth case defendant defaults, and Lincoln obtains judgment for $114.70. Three other cases are dismissed by agreement. Record.

Lincoln writes defendant's plea in Jones & Culbertson v. William Allen, signing "Lincoln & Lamon p.d." Photocopy.

[Someone has broken shaft on Lincoln's buggy at home, and new shaft is attached for $1.50. Obed Lewis Account Books.]

Monday, May 28, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln takes part in four jury trials. In Persons v. Harris, and Persons v. Harris & Harris, he and Lamon represent defendants. In both cases plaintiffs are awarded damages: $74.50 and costs in first, and $45 and costs in second. Millikin v. Jefferson, in which Lincoln is one of several attorneys for plaintiff, results in verdict for defendant; in Martin v. Frothingham et al. his client is also defeated. Record.

Tuesday, May 29, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln and Lamon obtain verdict for $137.89 for plaintiff in Jones & Smith v. Madden & Rhode tried by court. In two other suits defendants default, and Lincoln and Lamon obtain judgments. Their other cases are settled by agreement, or dismissed, or continued. Record.

He writes, signs "Davis, Lincoln & Lamon p.d.," and files pleas and notice in Leonard v. Taylor. Photocopy.

Wednesday, May 30, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln and Lamon have 11 suits for damages against Great Western Railroad Company. All except one are settled by agreement, company paying damages ranging from $50 to $300. In contested case, Lincoln and Lamon obtain verdict for $560 for their client. Record.

He writes court order in two railroad cases. Photocopy.

Thursday, May 31, 1855.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln has only two cases, both of which are continued. Record.

He writes declaration and notice, for plaintiff, in Gatling v. Prather. He writes court decree in Knight v. Carter et al.Original owned by King Hostick, Springfield, Ill.