Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Friend Sam: Springfield Decr. 30. 1845

I learned to day, that Lane, [2] to avoid paying the cost of taking the case between Dorman and him, back from the Supreme Court, has commenced a new proceeding in your circuit court. Write me, if this is so; and I together with judge Logan, will try to frame a plea either in bar or in abatement, out of the fact of the pendency of the old case, that shall blow them up with their new case.

By the way, if they fail for more than year (which they have nearly done already) to take the old case down from here, I think we can plead limitation on them, so that it will stick for good and all. Dont speak of this, lest they hear it, and take the alarm.

Write me on receipt of this. Yours as ever---