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November 26

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[Thomas Lincoln receives unknown amount from Charles Grigsby to be applied on purchase of Lincoln farm.Spencer County Deed Book B, 63.]



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Lincoln records in firm fee book receipt of $109.29 from Harlan & White, part payment on note for $317.03 placed in their hands for collection by Jacob Forsyth & Co., Pittsburgh merchants. Seven other notes totaling $2,522.48 are being collected.Stuart & Lincoln fee book; Letter book of Robert Irwin & Co.



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Lincoln gets judgment for $440.14 in John & Augustus Kerr & Co. v. Constant & Francis. Court awards him $7 for survey and report in Butler v. Tilford et al. [T. M. Neale made survey.]Record; Deed Book F, 80; Photocopy.



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In each of three cases in Circuit Court, Barrett v. Spear, Crane v. Grubb, and Shackleford & Shackleford v. Shackleford, defendant confesses his indebtedness and judgment is entered against him. In each case Lincoln represents defendant.Record.



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Logan & Lincoln for plaintiff and Strong and Doremus for defendant try Norris v. Simpson before jury. Jury awards defendant $62 and costs. Court sustains Lincoln's demurrer to defendant's pleas in Spear v. Newton & Lewis.Record.

Lincoln writes pleas in Abbott v. Primm & Lindsay.Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



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On Lincoln's motion, divorce suit of Goss v. Goss is continued; Lincoln is attorney for Robert Goss, plaintiff. Edwards, attorney for defendant, withdraws his plea in replevin suit, C. Freeman & Co. v. Miller. Court then orders that plaintiff have one cent damages and costs. Logan & Lincoln get judgment for $1,155 in VanBergen for use of Speed v. Walters et al., and Lincoln writes court order.Record.



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Fortune v. Garvey et al., chancery case in which Logan & Lincoln represent plaintiff, is continued.Record.



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Lincoln, on or about this day, writes, signs, and collects 19 cosigners to petition to Gov. Thomas Ford for release of Samuel Smith from jail so that he may earn money to pay his fine and court costs. Smith is released December 2, 1845.Petition for Pardon of Samuel Smith, [November 1845], CW, 1:349.



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By this date Lincoln must have left for Washington. He goes by way of St. Louis and Ohio River.Abraham Lincoln to Charles R. Welles, 20 February 1849, CW, 2:29-30.



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State's attorney drops People v. Smith, indictment for obstructing road. Lincoln & Herndon appear for Smith. Warner v. Calhoun, in which they represent defendant, is abated by reason of plaintiff's death. They file answer of Mason Brayman, one of defendants in C. Freeman & Co. et al. v. Bradford et al.Record.

Lincoln buys $1.25 umbrella. Irwin Journal.



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Defendants Anderson Blackburn and Trustees of Illinois College, having failed to answer complainants' original, amended, and supplemental bills, filed by Lincoln and Smith in Gilman et al. v. Hamilton et al., bill is taken pro confesso. Lincoln and Smith file bill suggesting death of Mary A. Thornton, another defendant, and secure order of revivor against her unknown heirs. Record.



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Two related cases, Jones v. Lowry, Lamb & Co., and Lowry, Lamb & Co. v. Jones, are referred to arbitrators. Lincoln & Herndon are Jones' attorneys. Pleas are filed in McGraw v. Adams et al. and James Shields v. Watson et al., in both of which they are attorneys for plaintiff. Record.



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In seven different cases in which Lincoln & Herndon represent plaintiffs, defendants default and judgments are obtained. Four of judgments, ranging in amount from $87.65 to $562.75, are in favor of Jacob Bunn. In Tinney v. Ingwerson et al., in which Lincoln & Herndon appear for defendant, jury is called, and then on plaintiff's motion jury is dismissed and case continued. Record.



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Phebe Todd, sister of deceased, is star witness for defense. In addition to supporting Theodore's alibi, she testifies that on one night during Anderson's illness, she—not Mrs. Anderson—gave him his medicine. Doctors Wallace and Goltra testify that Anderson was killed by blow. Testimony closes at noon. McWilliams makes opening speech for prosecution. Illinois State Journal, 27 November 1856, 28 November 1856.

"Son" takes home "Glass Lantern," and Lincoln's account with John Williams & Co. is charged $1. Pratt, Personal Finances, 148.



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Lincoln deposits money received from Ritta da Silva at Marine & Fire Insurance Co., and releases mortgage on record. Record; Marine Bank Ledger.

He also writes Dr. B. C. Lundy predicting another "blow up" in Democracy. Douglas managed to get support both as best instrument to break down and uphold slave power. "No ingenuity can keep this deception . . . up a great while. Abraham Lincoln to B. Clarke Lundy, 26 November 1858, CW, 3:342.



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Lincoln files declaration and bond in S. C. Davis & Co. v. Strosnider in U.S. Circuit Court. Files.

He writes $8.38 check to W. P. McKinnie, farmer. DLC—Original.

Mrs. Lincoln buys cloth and thread at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 160.



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Before leaving Tremont House, Lincoln pens note to his old friend Henry Whitney, formerly of Urbana, replying to Whitney's note on behalf of Alschuler, photographer. Abraham Lincoln to Henry C. Whitney, 26 November 1860, CW, 4:145.

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln leave Chicago at 9 A.M. and reach Springfield at 6:30. Lincoln's return "is the delight of the reporters and a number of office-seekers, who have been lying in wait for him since [Nov. 24]. The President and party traveled in separate cars. No ovations were received on the way on account of the rainy weather." Chicago Journal, 26 November 1860; N.Y. Tribune, 27 November 1860.



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President confers with Mrs. Stephen A. Douglas regarding confiscation of her property in southern Illinois. "But it is especially dangerous for my name to be connected with the matter; for nothing would more certainly excite the secessionists to do the worst they can against the children." Memorandum: Advice to Mrs. Stephen A. Douglas, 27 November 1861, CW, 5:32.

Drafts bill for compensated emancipation in Delaware. [Never introduced.] Drafts of a Bill for Compensated Emancipation in Delaware, [26? November 1861], CW, 5:29-31.

Sec. Cameron and Bishop Matthew Simpson of Methodist Church discuss with President possible bias of government toward churches. Simpson to Cameron, 27 November 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Mrs. Lincoln attended by former Cong. Ashmun (Mass.) watches Gen. McClellan's morning review of regular troops on East Capitol Hill. N.Y. Times, 27 November 1861.



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President at Belle Plain in evening for conference with Gen. Burnside. "Neither Halleck nor the Sect. knew that he was going." Colburn to McClellan, 27 November 1862, George B. McClellan Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Referring to slave belonging to Judge George Robertson of Kentucky, Lincoln writes: "If this be true, convey yours [slave] to Col. [William L.] Utley, so that he can make him free, and I will pay you any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars." Abraham Lincoln to George Robertson, 26 November 1862, CW, 5:512-14.

[Mrs. Lincoln leaves New York on return trip to Washington. Philadelphia Press, 27 November 1862.]



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President confined to sick room. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Gen. Meagher presents Pvt. Miles O'Reilly [pen-name of Charles G. Halpine] to President. N.Y. Herald, 27 November 1863.



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At 10 A.M., before an informal gathering in White House, President receives gift of elkhorn chair from its maker, Seth Kinman, California hunter. Clinton Lloyd of Pennsylvania makes presentation speech to which Lincoln replies briefly. Washington Star, 26 November 1864; Washington Chronicle, 27 November 1864.

President consults with Sec. Stanton in morning about sending Gen. Banks to New Orleans. [They concluded that he should go; but Banks remained in Washington four months longer.] Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 26 November 1864, CW, 8:121.

Interviews Banks at 7 P.M. by appointment. Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 2 December 1864, CW, 8:131.

Offers Judge Adv. Gen. Holt post of attorney general. Holt to Lincoln, 30 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sec. Welles calls on President and presents abstract for Annual Message. Welles, Diary.