Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Bond for Charles R. Matheny [1]

[June 18, 1838]

Know all men by these presents that we Charles R. Matheny, William Butler, Abner Y. Ellis, A. Lincoln are held and firmly bound unto the County Commissioners of the County of Sangamon and State of Illinois for the use of any person or persons injured, or for the use of the said County if injured in the penal sum of one thousand dollars the payment of which will and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs and assigns, jointly severally and firmly by these persons signed, sealed and dated this 18 day of June A.D. 1838.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden Charles R. Matheny has been duly elected Clerk of the said County Commissioners Court. Now if he the said Charles R. Matheny shall faithfully perform the duties of said office assigned by laws therein the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and effect.

C.R. MATHENY (seal)



A. LINCOLN (seal)

State of Illinois [2]

Sangamon County


[1]   DS, Private Collector, photocopy IHi. Charles R. Matheny arrived in Springfield, Illinois in the spring of 1821. He was a preacher as well as a lawyer, serving as county clerk.

William Butler was a lawyer from Kentucky. He purchased a farm in Sangamon County in 1828, later serving as clerk of the Circuit Court from March 19, 1836 until March 22, 1841.

Abner Y. Ellis was a New Salem merchant who later moved to Springfield.

[2]   Verso has filing note ``C. R. Matheny Bond Clerk Co. Court.''