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

Mortgage Drawn for William Green, Jr. to Reuben Radford [1]

January 15, 1833

William Green, Jr. to Reuben Radford

Know all men by these presents that I William Green Jr. of the County of Sangamon and State of Illinois, for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have given granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do give grant bargain and sell, all my right title interest and estate in and to

The West half of lot number five, North of Main Street, in the 1st survey in the town of New Salem in the county and State aforesaidPage  16 together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining thereunto---Reuben Radford, his heirs, and assigns forever. In testimony whereof I have here-unto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the year of Our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Three.


The condition of the above obligation is such, if the said William Green Jr. shall comply with the requisites of two promissory notes made and executed on this day for the sum of one hundred and eighty-eight dollars and fifty cents each payable to the said Reuben Radford the above Deed of bargain to be null and void and of no effect. But if the said William Green Jr. shall prove insolvent, and utterly unable to comply with the demands of said notes the above deed of bargain is to remain in full force and virtue at law.

In testimony whereof the said William Green Jr. and Reuben Radford have hereunto set their hands this 15th of January 1833.




[1]   ADS, Sangamon County Recorder's office (Book F, p. 471). Lincoln's document is notarized under date of July 10, 1833, and recorded as of August 1, by Robert Conover, J.P. The document records the purchase of Radford's store by Green. Later on the same day, Lincoln and his new partner William F. Berry bought the same from Green for approximately $750, paying $265 cash, and assuming the payment of the two notes of $188.50 each given by Green to Radford. Berry gave Green a horse, saddle, and bridle for the remainder.