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

To Hezekiah M. Wead [1]

Friend Wead: Springfield, Decr. 6th. 1846

Yours by the hand of Mr. Davidson [2] was duly received. I will have your declaration filed and rule taken to-morrow, according to Gunter. [3]

Your case of Nicholas vs Herbert, stands on the Docket No. 57---assigned to no particular day for trial. If the opposite party will be ready to try it, as soon as the court will, my opinion is you may come right along. My recollection is, that I have never known the trial of a case in this court, delayed beyond the first week, where both parties were ready for trial. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Wead was an attorney of Lewistown, Illinois.

[2]   William H. Davidson (?), of Carmi, Illinois.

[3]   Unable to identify any legal authority by this name, the editors suspect that Lincoln is using a bit of surveyors' lingo, the equivalent of ``according to Hoyle,'' Edmund Gunter being the surveyor's authority.