Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
April 20, 1838

Whereas John T. Stuart and Abraham Lincoln have engaged as attorneys in my behalf in a cause now pending in the chancery sidePage  120 of the Tazewell county circuit court in which I am complainant and the heirs of Lewis F. Crain deceased and others are defendants, therefore if I shall succeed to the full extent of my claim in said case, I promise to pay them, the said Stuart & Lincoln the sum of five hundred dollars; but if I should not succeed in the recovery of the property mentioned in said cause as having been purchased of Peter Menard; but shall succeed in the recovery of all the ballance claimed in said cause, then I promise to pay them the said Stuart & Lincoln the sum of three hundred dollars---

April 20. 1838--- JAMES M. CRAIN

Tremont, April 20. 1838

Six months after date I promise to pay Stuart & Lincoln twentyfive dollars for value received--- JAS. M. CRAIN