PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1853 - HFSID 273134
ABRAHAM LINCOLN This is a rare handwritten legal document, signed by Lincoln with his firm's name of "Murphy & Lincoln" and with two paragraphs of comments on a suit against Sam Frazier, sheriff of Vermillion County, Indiana. It's an excellent example of a document from before he became 16th President of the United States.
Sale Price $13,600.00
This is a rare handwritten legal document, signed by Lincoln with his firm's name of "Murphy & Lincoln" and with two paragraphs of comments on a suit against Sam Frazier, sheriff of Vermillion County, Indiana. It's an excellent example of a document from before he became 16th President of the United States.
Rare Autograph Endorsement signed: "Murphy & Lincoln [illegible]", 1p, 7¾x12½. Champaign County, Illinois, circa 1852. In full: "And the defendant doth the like." Signed beneath the first paragraph of a manuscript document relating to the case of Nelson Ligget vs Samuel Frazier, who were represented by Linder Benedict & Davis. In full: "And the said plaintiff for replication to said defendants first pleas by him above pleaded, says precludi non, because he says That the said defendant at the time and place when & in the said plea mentioned, he the said defendant did not then and there have in his possession the said writ in said plea mentioned And this the said plaintiff prays may be enquired of by the county &c." A second paragraph follows Lincoln's first endorsement. In full: "And the said plaintiff for replication to said defendants first plea by him above pleaded says precludi non because he says That the said defendant at the time and place when &c he arrested and confined the said plaintiff by notice of the supposed writ in said plea mentioned did not show or read the said supposed writ to said plaintiff and this the said plaintiff prays may be enquired of by the county &c." Beneath this paragraph, Lincoln has written: "The defendant's demurrer to the replication last above, is sustained; and the plaintiff stands by said replication." Docket (unknown hand) on verso notes that this document was filed on July 28, 1852. Accompanied by typed transcription, 1p, 8½x11, on letterhead of The Lincoln Library, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The venue for this suit, which involved acting sheriff Sam Frazier, Jr. of Vermilion County, was changed to Champaign County on motion of the plaintiff's attorney. Future American president Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), on the advice of Whig legislator (and future law partner) John Todd Stuart, became a lawyer in 1836. In 1837, Lincoln moved to Springfield, where he became a partner in Stuart's law firm. From 1834 until he left for Washington, D.C. as President-elect, Lincoln's law offices were located above Seth Tinsley's store in Springfield. Lincoln, who became one of the most respected and successful lawyers in Illinois, handled some 5,100 cases and appeared before the Illinois State Supreme Court over 400 times over his 23-year legal career, which also included a long association (1844-1865) with another partner, William Henry Herndon. Before being elected President, Lincoln also served in the Illinois State Legislature (1834-1841) and one term (1847-1849) as a U.S. Congressman. He's best known, of course, as the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865), and especially as the Union's president during the Civil War (1861-1865) and writer of the Emancipation Proclamation. He was actively involved in military planning, swapping generals to find an aggressive commander of the Union army. Though his involvement cost the Union an early loss at the First Battle of Bull Run, his policies of blockading and overwhelming the Confederate army with superior numbers would eventually win the day. His primary objective was to reunite the United States, not end slavery. However, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 in response to rising abolition feelings in the Union. He was shot while sitting in Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1965, only a few months after being sworn in for his second term as president and only two days after the Confederate Army's official surrender, and died the next day. He was succeeded by vice-president Andrew Johnson. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Autograph material by Lincoln is extremely rare. This is an excellent example that is rare in this signed format. Lightly creased with folds, not at Lincoln's writing. Lightly soiled, slightly shaded at folds on verso. Minor show through from docket on verso. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at lower right margin. Overall, fine condition.
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