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

To Simeon Ryder [1]

Mr. Simeon Ryder: Springfield, Feby. 16th. 1844

Yours of the 14th. Inst. is received. The decree taken against Stringer at the last term of our court was not a final, but only an interlocutory decree. [2] The substance of it is, that Stringer pay to you on or before the first day of the next term, your debt & interest, and that Stringer should have ten days to file an answer, to enable him to contest the claim of Mitchells heirs, and the cause continued. Stringer's ten days have long since expired long ago, and he has filed no answer. At next court, I suppose a decree will [be] rendered, ordering the sale of the property to pay your debt, subject to the claim of Mitchell's heirs. [3]

No Injunction has been obtained in the case. Yours &c.



[1]   ALS, Hayner Memorial Library, Alton, Illinois. Simeon Ryder was a resident of Madison County.

[2]   On November 30, 1843, against Daniel Stringer and the heirs of Edward Mitchell.

[3]   The case was continued at the March term of court and the final decree rendered on July 29, 1844. By its terms Ryder was awarded $479.25 and the heirs of Mitchell $716.45.