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

To Orville H. Browning [1]

Dear Browning: Springfield, June 24th. 1847.

Yours of the 19th. Inst. is received, and I have filed a plea for you, in the case of Moore vs Latourette.

Dont fret yourself about the trouble you give me; when I get tired, I'll tell you.

I am glad you sent this letter, because it reminds me to write you the result of your two cases of Moore vs Brown, & God knows who all, the charge of which you sent to Logan, and into which he drew me with him. We tried one of them, in which, after the plaintiff proved title, we offered the Auditors deed, as the first link of connected title and seven years possession, which was objected to, and the judges divided in opinion, which division is certified for the Supreme court. The other case stands over to abide &c.

Indeed, indeed, I do not know what they are doing in the Convention. [2] It is considered as almost settled, that they will not prohibit Banks; that they will establish a poll tax; will restrict the number of members of both Houses of the Legislature to 100; will limit their per diem to $2 or 2.50- and make it still less after the first forty days of the session. So far as I have mentioned, I am pleased. Some other things I have fears for. I am not easy about the Courts. I am satisfied with them as they are; but shall not care much if the judges are made elective by the People, and their terms of office limited. I fear, however, something more; and, as I think, much worse than all this, towit ``A Puppy Court'' that is, a JudgePage  395 in each county, with civil jurisdiction in all cases up to a thousand dollars, and criminal, in all cases not capital. ``A Migratory Supreme Court'' and Salaries so low as to exclude all respectable talent. From these, may God preserve us.

As to what I, Baker, [3] and every body else are doing, I am preparing to go to the Chicago River & Harbor Convention. [4]Baker has gone to Alton, as is thought, to be Colonel of the Sixth Regiment, and every body is doing pretty much what every body is always doing.

I hope this may find you well, and Mrs. Browning recovered from her hurt. I dont believe Mary & I can visit Quincy, although it would be very pleasant to do so.

My Chicago trip and ``Several other gentlemen'' (Bob. & Ed) [5] are very much in the way of it. Our love to Mrs. Browning and yourself. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   The constitutional convention met in Springfield from June through August. Lincoln's report of the probabilities of the new constitution were borne out in the constitution finished on August 31 and ratified by the people in March, 1848.

[3]   Edward D. Baker.

[4]   July 5-7.

[5]   Lincoln's sons, Robert and Edward.