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

To Samuel D. Marshall [1]

Dear Sam. Springfield, Nov. 11th. 1842-

Yours of the 10th. Oct. enclosing five dollars was taken from the office in my absence by Judge Logan [2] who neglected to hand it toPage  305 me till about a week ago, and just an hour before I took a wife. Your other of the 3rd. Inst. is also received. The Forbes & Hill case, of which you speak has not been brought up as yet.

I have looked into the Dorman & Lane case, [3] till I believe I understand the facts of it; and I also believe we can reverse it. In the last I may be mistaken, but I think the case, at least worth the experiment; and if Dorman will risk the cost, I will do my best for the ``biggest kind of a fee'' as you say, if we succeed, and nothing if we fail. I have not had a chance to consult Logan since I read your letters, but if the case comes up, I can have the use of him if I need him.

I would advise you to procure the Record and send it up immediately. Attend to the making out of the Record yourself, or most likely, the clerk will not get it all together right.

Nothing new here, except my marrying, [4] which to me, is matter of profound wonder. Yours forever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, ICHi.

[2]   Stephen T. Logan.

[3]   After considerable litigation the case was reversed by the State Supreme Court. Lincoln settled his fee for $100 more than ten years later on April 8, 1853. The case involved the attempt of William Dorman and his wife to recover property obtained by her guardian John Lane during her minority.

[4]   November 4, 1842.