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

To Samuel D. Marshall [1]

Dear Sam: Springfield, Decr 6. 1844.

In your last letter, you incline to complain, that in mine, I did not notice what you had said about the case of Stickney vs Cassell, nor the cases against the Shawneetown Bank. The truth is, when I received your letter, I glanced it over, stuck it away, postponed the consideration of the cases, above mentioned, and forgot them alltogether. I now give you some account of all your cases, in detail.

Dorman vs Lane, stands as it did, & I will do the best I can with it according to your instructions. Gatewood vs. Wood & Wood we would have failed entirely to get into court but for an agreement with Mr. Eddy, [2] which saved us. By the agreement we altered the record so as to make it appear that it had been sent to the circuit court, also agreeing that at the next term of the Galatin circuit court, all the papers & orders are to be altered there accordingly nunc pro tunc. Stickney vs Cassell, I have just examined, & I think I can get the judgement affirmed. I'll try. The cases against the Bank, neither Logan nor I can engage in with you; we being to some extent standing counsel for Dunlap, [3] & also specially retained by him in these cases. Mr. Eddy has retained me in a case for your father, for the Supreme court, which, however, I have not yet examined.

Give my respects to your Father and believe me as ever Your sincere friend A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, ICHi. References to the several supreme court cases mentioned in this letter may be traced in Lincoln's subsequent letters to Marshall, infra.

[2]   Henry Eddy, attorney and fellow townsman of Samuel Marshall.

[3]   Probably James T. Dunlap of Springfield, Illinois.