Abraham Lincoln Handwritten Letter Signed, A Rare Historical Find
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Abraham Lincoln Handwritten Letter Signed, A Rare Historical Find:
ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED AND HANDWRITTEN LETTER ABRAHAM LINCOLN HANDWRITTEN LETTER, A HISTORICAL RARE FIND!Handwritten Letter Signed, to Hezekiah M. Wead. Springfield, Illinois, December 6, 1846. (Reads in full below historical background.)
Fellow attorney Hezekiah Wead engaged Lincoln to help with two cases pending in Springfield, Illinois, court. As noted here, Lincoln filed a declaration in one case and provided a status update on the other.
Court records no longer exist for this period in Lincoln's career, so the exact nature of Nicholas vs. Herbert is unknown, although much of his general law practice revolved around debt and land cases. Lincoln's use of the phrase "according to Gunter" is also curious; Roy Basler, editor of the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, had been
unable to locate any legal scholarship pertaining to anyone named"Gunter." Instead, he postulated that Lincoln is reverting to a "bit of surveyor's lingo, the equivalent of 'according to Hoyle,'Edmund Gunter being the surveyor's authority." Lincoln had been asurveyor for a few years in the 1830s.
Hezekiah Wead migrated from Vermont to Illinois to pursue a legal career. Like Lincoln, he was also interested in public office. Wead was a delegate to the Illinois State Constitutional Convention in 1847. The two men remained friends despite finding themselves on opposite sides of legal cases and political parties. Although Wead was a Democrat, hecongratulated Lincoln when he won the 1860 Republican Partynomination, and remained pro-Union , opposing secession and strongly supporting Lincoln's efforts to crush the rebellion.Condition Very fine but for small tear at seal. A fragment of the wax seal remains.
Reads in full;
Letter Signed, to Hezekiah M. Wead. Springfield, Illinois, December 6, 1846. 1 p. Integral address leaf in Lincoln's hand.
Yours by the hand of Mr. Davidson was duly received - I will have your
declaration filed and rule taken tomorrow, according to Gunter - Your
case of Nicholas vs. Herbert, stands on the Docket No. 57, assigned to
no particular day for trial - If the opposite party will be ready to
try it, as soon as the court will, my opinion is you may come right
along - My recollection is that I have never known the trial of a case
in this court, delayed beyond the first week, when both parties were ready for trial.
Yours truly, A. Lincoln
Accompanied With a Letter of Authenticity
ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865)
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