Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Deed of Conveyance to Abraham Lincoln [1]

[October 6, 1851]

This Indenture, made this [Sixth] day of [October] in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and [fiftyone] Between [Levi Davis and Lucy Ann Davis wife of said Levi, of the City of Alton, in] the County of [Madison] and the State of [Illinois] of the first part, and [Abraham Lincoln, of the City of Springfield, in] the County of [Sangamon] and the State of [Illinois] of the second part, Witnesseth, That the said part[ies] of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of [three hundred and twentyfive dollars, and eight cents] ha[ve] granted, bargained, sold, remised, released, aliened and confirmed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, remiss, release, alien and confirm, unto the said part[y] of the second part, and to [his] heirs and assigns forever, All [those lots or parcels of land known and described as follows, towit---Lots Eleven and Twelve in Block Two in Evans' Addition to the late town now City of Bloomington, in the County of McLean and State of Illinois aforesaid.]

Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances, thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining: and all the estate, right → , title and interest, of the said part[ies] of the first part, either in law of equity, of, in and to the above bargained premises: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD said premises as above described, with the appurtenances unto the said part[y] of the second part, and to [his] heirs and assigns FOREVER. And the said [Levi Davis, for himself, and] for [his] heirs, executors, and administrators, do[es] convenant, grant bargain and agree, to and with the said part[y] of the second part, and [his] heirs and assigns, that at the time of the insealing and delivering these presents [he is] well seized of the premises above conveyed, as in fee simple, and ha[s] a good right, full power, and lawful authority, to grant, bargain, sell and convey the same in manner and form as aforesaid; and that the same are free and clear of all incumbrances of every kind and nature soever. And that the above bargained premises, in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said part[y] of the second part, [his] heirs and assigns, against all and every person or persons, lawfully claiming or to claim the whole or any part thereof, [he] will forever Warrant and Defend.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the said part[ies] of the first part ha[ve] hereunto set [their] hands and seals the day and year first above written.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

in Presence of

John T. Stuart LEVI DAVIS (seal)


[By David Davis their attorney in fact] (seal)

State of Illinois

Logan County, ss.

BEFORE ME, the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared [David Davis] who is personally known to me to be the real person whose name is subscribed to the forgoing deed as having excuted the same [as attorney in fact for said Levi Davis and Lucy Ann Davis,] and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed, for the purposes therein expressed.

GIVEN under my hand and seal and of office this Sixth day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.



[1]   DS, Private Collection, photocopy IHi. Printed form with Lincoln interlineations bracketed. Davis was a lawyer and, under Governor Duncan, state auditor. Filing note and Recorder certification on verso.

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