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

Affidavit on Land Warrant [1]

State of Illinois }
County of Sangamon}ss July 15, 1854

Be it known that on this day appeared before the undersigned an acting justice of the peace for said county Abraham Lincoln to me known to be the identical person he represents himself to be & who after being by me duly sworn deposes and says that he is the identical Abraham Lincoln who was captain of the 4th Illinois volunteers in the Blackhawk War and the Identical Abraham Lincoln to whom the within Land Warrant for 40 acres was issued and that he desires to locate the same in his own name.

Witnesses A. LINCOLN---

A. M. WATSON [2]


Subscribed & Sworn to before me this 15th day of July 1854

WM. F. ELKIN Justice peace


[1]   DS, DNA RG 49, Records of the General Land Office. The document appears on the verso of Military Bounty Land Warrant No. 52076, April 16, 1852.

[2]   Abner M. Watson was constable of Sangamon County.

[3]   Sheriff of Sangamon County.