Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
[March 21, 1844]

MORTGAGE DEED.

THIS INDENTURE, Made and entered into, this [twentyfirst] day of [March] A. D. 184[4], between [John H. Bridges and William Bridges] of the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois, party] of the first part, and [Seth M. Tinsley] of the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois, party] of the second part, WITNESSETH, That the said part[y] of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of [$221.59.] Dollars, in hand paid by the said part[y] of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, ha[ve] granted, bargained and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell, unto the said part[y] of the second part, [his] heirs assigns, [a] certain tract of Land situated, lying and being the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois] known and designated as follows, to wit: [Part of the West half of the North West quarter of Section Thirtyfive in Township Fifteen North of Range Six West, being all of said half quarter, after deducting as follows towit, ten acres from the North East corner, as deeded to one Graham, ten acres in the South East corner, as deeded to Charles Getten, eight acres in the South West corner, as deeded to Elisha McComas, and fifteen acres from the West side, as deeded to Milton Richardson]

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land, together with all and singular the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in any-wise appertaining, to the only proper use and benefit of [him] the said part[y] of the second part, [his] heirs and assigns FOREVER, And the said part[y] of the first part, for [themselves, their] heirs, executors and administrators, do convenant to and with the said party of the second part, that [they are] lawfully seized, have full right to convey, and will forever WARRANT and DEFEND the said tract of LAND from the claim of [them] the said part[y] of the first part, [their] heirs and assigns, and against the claim or claims of any other person whomsoever.

Nevertheless, upon this express condition, that [whereas the said party of the first part have executed their promissory note of even date herewith, for the sum of two hundred and twentyone dollars, and sixtynine cents, payable to S. M. Tinsley and Co or order before Christmas day next with twelve per cent interest per annum from date until paid. Now if said note shall be paid according to it's tend and effect, this deed is to be void and of no affect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.]

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the said part[y] of the first part have hereunto set [their] hand[s] and seals the day and year aforesaid.

signed sealed and delivered

in presence of

W Lavely WILLIAM BRIDGES (L.S.)

John W. Bridges (L.S.)

State of Illinois

Sangamon County. ss.

Before me, the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, personally came William Bridges and John W. Bridges who are known to me to be the real persons by whom and in whose names the above conveyance was excuted and by whom and in whose names said conveyance is proposed to be acknowledged, and acknowledged that of their free will, that they executed said deed for the purposes therein expressed. Given under my hand and seal, this 21st day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

W. LAVELY J.P. (L.S.)