Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
W. D. Briggs, Esq. Springfield,
Dear Sir. March 19. 1853.

I suppose it will be necessary to take a deposition in the attachment case you mention. [2] It will have to be done under the act of March 1st. 1845---found in the Session acts of 1845, at page 27. The way will be to make out a notice with interrogatories, precisely as you do to take a deposition of a non-resident witness in an ordinary case, except that 4 weeks instead of 10 days time must be given; and as you can not serve the notice, post one copy on the court house door, & file the other in the clerks office 4 weeks before suing out the commission. If posted at the court-house I [sic] door I think it need not be published in a news-paper---one or the other will do.

As to the declaration, I suppose that a common count is all that is necessary, & accordingly I send a draft of that sort. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN---

P.S. When you send on for evidence, better also get an authenticated copy of the Charter. Also look over the declaration I send, fill in blanks, correct mistakes, if any, in names, amounts &c.

A. LINCOLN.