Lincoln Letters - September 03, 1837
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|September 03, 1837||May 26, 1860||February 21, 1863||October 26, 1863||February 27, 1865|
|February 05, 1847||June 17, 1861||January 09, 1863||September 19, 1864||April 02, 1865|
|July 28, 1859||December 26, 1861||July 27, 1863||October 19, 1864|
This early legal document is entirely in Lincoln's hand. He had just partnered with John Todd Stuart who was a cousin of Mary Todd in 1837. In regard to the case, Benjamin Kellogg and Lewis Crain had dissolved their business partnership, but Crain owed Kellogg $16,000 to pay off the business's debts. Crain died before paying, and Kellogg sued James Crain, who served as surety for Lewis Crain, in an action of debt for $16,000. The court granted a change of venue to Peoria County, but the court there remanded the case back to Tazewell County. Kellogg retained Lincoln but failed to appear, and the court dismissed the case. Kellogg motioned to reinstate the case because he was ill and could not attend court. The court set aside the dismissal and ruled for Kellogg for $16,000. Stuart and Lincoln received $20 for their legal services.