Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
September 28, 1857

This Indenture made this twentyeighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fiftyseven by and between Jacob Ruckel, and Laura A. Ruckel, his wife, of the City of Springfield in the State of Illinois, party of the first part; and Abraham Lincoln, of the City and State aforesaid, party of the second part, Witnesseth:

That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, and sold; and by these presents do grant, bargain, and sell unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assign's forever, the following described real estate, towit:

One hundred and two feet from East to West, of the East parts of Lots Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, and Sixteen, in Block Four, in E. Iles' Addition to the late town, now City of Springfield

To have and to hold to the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, the above described real estate, together with all and singular the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging.

Page  423Yet upon the condition that whereas the above named Jacob Ruckel has executed his promissory note of even date herewith, for the sum of five hundred dollars, payable to the said Abraham Lincoln, one year after date, with interest thereon at the rate of ten per cent per annum, from date until paid, for value received. Now if said note and interest shall be fully paid according to the tenor and effect of said note, the above conveyance is to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and effect.

In testimony whereof the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year first above written.

J. RUCKEL (SEAL)

L. A. RUCKEL (SEAL)

$500- Springfield, September 28. 1857-

One year after date I promise to pay Abraham Lincoln five hundred dollars, together with interest thereon at the rate of ten per cent per annum from date until paid, for value received.

J. RUCKEL.

Nov. 27. 1858. Received on the within fifty dollars, being first year's interest.

Secnd years Int. also paid.

Nov. 17. 1860. Received fifty dollars third year's interest. [2]