Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Messrs. Adams & Bovey Springfield,
Gentlemen: Augt. 2 1852

The court is about to adjourn; and it does not decide our case, but takes it under advisement---till next term. I suppose. It appears to me, however, that the signs are against us. What I mean by this is, that I have entire confidence that the law is with us on the Statute of Limitations, and yet it seems, I can not get the judge to remember that this is a question in the case at all. This morning he said he had a pretty decided opinion on ``the question'' already; but as it was a new, and very important one, he would consider it further. The ``the question'' he spoke of, was evidently, the question as to a lien on after acquired lands, & not the act of limitations. Now, as to the question of Limitations, we must have a hearing onPage  134 it, even if we have to go to the Supreme Court of the U.S. for it---that is, if the other question shall be decided against us. Be patient. They have not got your land yet. Write me. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN