Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
May 20, 1858

Understanding that Col. W. B. Warren, being owner in fee of the land described in the attached bond, contracted to sell it as per said bond; that under said contract Bennett [2] took possession, and made some improvements, including some plank fencing; that afterwards Bennet abandoned his contract, left the possession, and surrendered said bond to said Warren; and that some person or persons claiming that said Bennett was his or their debtor, knocked the planks of the fences off the posts [and] carried the planks away.

I think Warren can maintain trespass against such persons; or Replevin for the planks themselves if they can be found and identified. A. LINCOLN

Springfield, May 20. 1858