Opinion Written for William B. Warren 
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  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