Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Thomas J. Turner [1]

Hon: T. J. Turner Springfield,
Dear Sir: Feb: 8. 1850.

I have been examining your Bill, and studdying the case some to-day. There is some confusion in the description of the land, as given in the Bill, which I suppose comes by mistake. To enable me to correct this, before filing the Bill, send me an exactly accurate description of all the tracts. I do not think any Injunction will be necessary pending the suit; and consequently no bond is necessary except the ordinary bond for cost, a blank for which I herewith send you. Have the bond filled, and executed by some one for whose responsibility you can vouch, and send it back to me.

Were our men actually in possession of the land at the time it was conveyed by Denny to Bradshaw? Are we obliged to put Bradshaw on his oath? Can we not prove our case without?

Please answer these questions when you write me. Yours as ever

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by Mrs. J. B. Woodworth, Dixon, Illinois. Lincoln's correspondence with Turner about this case continues over several years, and letters to Adam Adams (June 23, 1853) and Solon Cumins (February 14, 1853) also are concerned with it. Since records of the United States District Court for this period are not extant, efforts to identify circumstances and participants have in most instances been futile.