Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Remarks in Illinois Legislature
Concerning Relief of William Dormady [1]

February 19, 1841

Mr LINCOLN explained a curious experiment which he said had been tried in the presence of a Jury: a pocket book filled with blank bills had been exposed to the action of fire, and the bills had not been burnt, which same bills afterwards burnt freely when subjected to the flame of a candle, hence a jury had concluded, and Mr L. also believed that the notes could not have been burnt in the manner stated in the affidavit. (The affidavit stated that the notes had, together with the pocket book been carbonized, not inflammed, and that on handling them they had crumbled to pieces.) [2]

Annotation

[1]   Illinois State Register, March 5, 1841.

[2]   See also Lincoln's remarks, December 21, 1840 (supra).