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

To Archibald Williams [1]

Friend Williams: Springfield, March 1, 1845.

The supreme court adjourned this morning for the term. Your cases of Reinhardt vs. Schuyler, Bunce [2] vs. Schuyler, Dickhut vs. Dunell, and Sullivan vs. Andrews are continued. Hinman vs. Pope I wrote you concerning some time ago. McNutt et al. vs. Bean and Thompson is reversed and remanded.

Fitzpatrick vs. Brady et al. is reversed and remanded with leave to complainant to amend his bill so as to show the real consideration given for the land.

Bunce [3] against Graves, the court confirmed, wherefore, in accordance with your directions, I moved to have the case remanded to enable you to take a new trial in the court below. The court allowed the motion; of which I am glad, and I guess you are.

This, I believe, is all as to court business. The canal men have got their measure through the legislature pretty much or quite in the shape they desired. [4] Nothing else now. Yours, as ever,



[1]   Tarbell (Appendix), p. 292. Williams was a lawyer of Quincy, Illinois.

[2]   Bruen is the correct spelling.

[3]   Graves v. Bruen. The Supreme Court allowed Lincoln's motion the same day this letter was written.

[4]   The new act repeated the provisions of the act passed in the previous session. The Illinois and Michigan Canal is too long a story to summarize in a footnote. See T. C. Pease, The Frontier State.