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

Bond of David Rutledge [1]

January 31, 1833

Know all men by these presents that we David Rutledge. William Green Jr. and A. Lincoln are held and firmly bound unto Alexander Trent--- and Martin S. Trent in the penal sum of one hundred and fifty dollars well and truly to be paid unto them---as witness our hands and seals this 31st. of Jany. 1833---




The condition of the above obligation is such If the above bounden David Rutledge shall make a good and lawful deed of conveyance to the said Alexander Trent and Martin S. Trent for the East half of Lot Number five South of Main street in the first survey in thePage  17 town of New-Salem---on or before the first day of July next the above obligation is to be null void and of no effect---otherwise to remain in full force and virtue at law.

In testimony where of the said David Rutledge Alexander Trent and Martin S. Trent have here unto set their hands and seals this 31st. day of January. 1833 DAVID RUTLEDGE (SEAL)




[1]   ADS, ORB. The Trents, New Salem businessmen, sued Rutledge, Green, and Lincoln on this bond on August 26, 1833, to secure conveyance of the land described therein. The case was dismissed on September 16, each party paying one-half of the costs. David Rutledge was the son of James Rutledge, co-founder of New Salem.