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

To Samuel D. Marshall [1]

Friend Sam: Springfield, July 14. 1842-

Yours of the 15th. June, relative to the suit of Grable vs Margrave [2] was duly received, and I have delayed answering it till now, when I can announce the result of the case. The judgement is affirmed. So soon as the clerk has liesure to make out a copy of thePage  291 mandate of the court, I will get him to do so, and send it to you, by force of which, your clerk will issue an execution.

As to the fee, if you are agreed, let it be as follows. Give me credit for two years subscription to your paper, [3] and send me five dollars in good money or the equivalent of it in our Illinois paper.

There is nothing new here. Bennett's [4] Mormon disclosiers [sic] are making some little stir here, but not very great. Ever your friend A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, ICHi. Marshall was an attorney practicing in Shawneetown, Illinois.

[2]   Lincoln argued the case before the State Supreme Court the day before.

[3]   Illinois Republican, published by Marshall.

[4]   General John C. Bennett, upon being cast out of the Mormon church for immoral conduct, testified copiously both as to the immorality and dangers of Mormonism to the state. His testimony has been widely discounted by historians.