Results 23 entries found

Monday, May 2, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln credits another payment on A. & J. Haines notes, and deposits $50 in his bank account. IHi—Lincoln Estate Inventory; Marine Bank Ledger.

Tuesday, May 3, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

In Vermilion Circuit Court, which convened May 2, 1859, Lincoln writes and files plea and notice in French v. Courtney. He is for defendant, Michael Courtney. Files.

Wednesday, May 4, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys and charges at Smith's three kinds of cloth ($14.05). Pratt, Personal Finances, 156.]

Friday, May 6, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys sugar, candles, table linen, and male neckwear at Smith's store. Pratt, Personal Finances, 156.]

Saturday, May 7, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

Bevan v. Davis, in which Lincoln and Beckwith appear for defendant, J. E. Davis, is tried by court. Verdict is for plaintiff in sum of $1,051.94, amount of note on which suit was brought. Record.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys silk at Smith's store. Pratt, Personal Finances, 156.]

Monday, May 9, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

French v. Courtney is tried by court. Lincoln appears for defendant. Court awards plaintiff $424.66, amount of his note and interest. Record.

Lincoln writes court order continuing Davenport v. Sconce & DonCarlos, which Judge Davis signs. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 11, 1859.+-

Danville, IL.

Two of Lincoln's cases are continued. Record.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys yard goods at Smith's, and sends Robert for 10 pounds of sugar. Pratt, Personal Finances, 156.]

Thursday, May 12, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

[Kinkannon v. West et al., chancery action in which Lincoln and Lamon represent complainant, is continued. Record.]

Lincoln arrives home from circuit, and buys yard goods and straw hat at Smith's store. Mrs. Lincoln sends Robert for 4¾ yards more. Pratt, Personal Finances, 156-57.

Friday, May 13, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln buys soap, bay rum, camphor, magnesia, and handkerchief perfume at his drug store. Pratt, Personal Finances, 156-57.

Saturday, May 14, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln meets English manufacturer and Liberal leader Richard Cobden during Cobden's visit to Springfield, either on Thursday, May 12, or this morning at the State Capitol. Cobden does not mention Lincoln in his diary of the trip but two years later describes him as "a backwoodsman of good sturdy common sense, but evidently unequal to the occasion." Elizabeth Hoon Cawley, ed., The American Diaries of Richard Cobden (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1952), 75, 189-90.

Lincoln urges Mark W. Delahay not to permit Kansas Republicans to lower party standard. "In my judgement such a step would be a serious mistake—would open a gap through which more would pass out than pass in. And this would be the same, whether the letting down should be in deference to Douglasism, or to the southern opposition element." He cannot attend Kansas convention. Lincoln sends same letter to two other Kansas Republicans, and writes briefly to Peter H. Watson of Cincinnati about patent case. Abraham Lincoln to Mark W. Delahay, 14 May 1859, CW, 3:378-79; Enclosure to Mark W. Delahay, [14 May 1859], CW, 3:379-80; Abraham Lincoln to Peter H. Watson, [14 May 1859], CW, 2:380.

Monday, May 16, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes $38.80 check to H. C. Myers, commission merchant. DLC—Original.

Lincoln writes to G. W. Greenwood and declines an invitation "to attend the commencement of Lombard University [located in Galesburg, Illinois], beginning on the 6th of June." Lincoln explains, "Our Federal court here will be in session then; and I can not leave it. I lost nearly the whole of last year, which makes it necessary for me to stick the closer to business thus. Please make my apology to the committee, and accept . . . my thanks for the invitation." Abraham Lincoln to G. W. Greenwood (copy), 16 May 1859, Lincoln Collection, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

Tuesday, May 17, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to German-language newspaper editor Theodore Canisius, of Springfield, Illinois. Canisius seeks Lincoln's opinion on a Massachusetts "constitutional provision." The amendment would impose a two-year waiting period before "naturalized citizens" could vote or hold public office. Lincoln writes, "as I understand the Massachusetts provision, I am against it's adoption in Illinois, or in any other place, where I have a right to oppose it. Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. I have some little notoriety for commiserating the oppressed condition of the negro; and I should be strangely inconsistent if I could favor any project for curtailing the existing rights of foreign-born "white men", even though born in different lands, and speaking different languages from myself." Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Canisius, 17 May 1859, CW, 3:380-81.

Wednesday, May 18, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Robert buys water bucket at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Thursday, May 19, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Mrs. Lincoln buys $2 silk "mitts" at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Friday, May 20, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Robert buys candles at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Saturday, May 21, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln files praecipe in McCallum, Bristol & Co. v. Illinois River RR in U.S. Circuit Court. Files.

He deposits $24.75 at bank. Marine Bank Ledger.

He spends $2 on buggy repairs (setting axle and repairing doors), and charges $1.50 for bottle of tonic ("Allen's Restorative") at his drug store, and buys ink, hair dressing, and perfume. Obed Lewis Account Books; Pratt, Personal Finances, 152.

Mrs. Lincoln buys two silk collars at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Sunday, May 22, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln draws up praecipe in Gaylord, Son & Co. v. Lansing & Ostrom for U.S. Circuit Court. At bottom of sheet he writes: "Mr. Herndon, please file this in the morning." Herndon does so. Files.

Monday, May 23, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Robert buys tea at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Wednesday, May 25, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln and 60 others sign call for Old Settler's convention in Springfield June 1, 1859. Call for Old Settlers Convention, 25 May 1859, CW, 3:381.

Thursday, May 26, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln & Herndon present Nicholas H. Ridgely with fee bill for $450—"to services in the Gas Light Works and in defending the same at Law vs. Gibson." "We may want to draw on you to get the money in a day or two." Photocopy.

Robert buys 10 pounds of sugar at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Friday, May 27, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

To Samuel W. Fuller of Tazewell County Lincoln writes: "In thinking over the Farni case it seems to me the push by the plaintiffs will be to prove that the bond sued on was, in fact, accepted; and that the injunction was dissolved, not for want of a sufficient bond, but for want of Equity in the Bill. That, I think, is the point for us to guard." Abraham Lincoln to Samuel W. Fuller, 27 May 1859, CW, 3:381.

Saturday, May 28, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

In response to inquiry from governor, auditor, and treasurer of Illinois, Lincoln and Logan write legal opinion as to official duty under recent act "in relation to the payment of the principal and interest of the State debt." Abraham Lincoln to William H. Bissell, Jesse K. Dubois and James Miller, 28 May 1859, CW, 3:381-83.

He files declaration in Gaylord, Son & Co. v. Lansing & Ostrom in U.S. Circuit Court. Files.

Monday, May 30, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln becomes owner of German newspaper and draws contract with Theodore Canisius for its management. Recognizing that "Illinois Staats-Anzeiger" of Springfield is Lincoln's property, contract grants Canisius free use of paper for publication purposes on condition that paper supports Republican party. Contract with Theodore Canisius, [30?] May 1859, CW, 3:383.