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

Petition to County Commissioners
Concerning Benjamin Elmore [1]

February 9, 1833

To the County Commissioners Court for the County of Sangamon when met at their March term for the year 1833

We the undersigned citizens of Sangamon County being personally acquainted with Benj. Elmore (who also is resident in said County---) and knowing him to be insane and wholly unable to earn a livelihood either by labour or any other employment---andPage  18 to have no relatives who can be lawfully made chargeable for his maintenance Therefore we respectfully request that his case be taken into considderation by your honorable body---

New Salem Feb. 9, 1833

Bowling Green James Clemment Joseph Cogdall

Robert Cownover [2] Henry Trent Royal Clary

Levi Summers David Hart Jason Duncan

Julius Elmore Jeremiah Graham Robert Loyed

Hugh Armstrong John Potter James Rutledge

J R Herndon William Cox David Whray

P S Harvel John C. Nance A. Lincoln

Jacob Bale Williamson Trent M. S. Trent

Josiah Crawford Henry Clark Martin Waddel

Annotation

[1]   ADS, IHi. Not only the petition but all but six of the names are in Lincoln's hand.

[2]   Probably Robert Conover, justice of the peace. Spellings of names are given as they appear in original document.