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Thursday, May 4, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

Although he signs Bush and Gridley as defendants' counsel, Lincoln writes and files plea in Pearl & Pearl v. Graham et al. Plea alleges that trespass complained of was against common disorderly house in which "drunkenness, idleness, quarrelling, profane swearing, obscenity" and other offenses were permitted, and that in forcibly destroying liquors defendants did no more than was necessary or lawful. Record; Files.

In Brown et al. v. Ayers et ux., Lincoln writes defendant's affidavit and order of court. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.