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

Lease Contract Between Abraham Lincoln and Cornelius Ludlum [1]

October 23, 1847

It is hereby agreed by and between Abraham Lincoln of the City of Springfield, Illinois, and Cornelius Ludlum of the same place, that the said Lincoln lets to the said Ludlum the dwelling house in which said Lincoln now lives, in said city, together with the lot onPage  407 which it stands, and the other appurtenances of said lot, for the term of one year, to commence on the first day of November next; for which the said Ludlum agrees to pay said Lincoln the sum of ninety dollars, in quarter yearly payments, to be especially careful to prevent any destruction by fire, to allow said Lincoln, the use of the North-up-stairs room, during the term, in which to store his furniture, and to return the premises at the end of the year in as good repair as he may receive them ordinary decay only excepted.

October 23rd. 1847. A. LINCOLN


February 1st. 1848. Recd. of C Ludlum Twenty two Dollars Fifty cents for Three months Rent JOHN IRWIN & Co [2]

August 4th. 1848. Recd. of M Brayman [3] Twenty two & 50/100 Dollars for three months Rent ending April 30th. 1848


Novr. 18th. 1848. Received of M. Brayman, fiftyfive dollars, including five allowed for repairing fence, which is in full of rent, on the above up to the first instant, [a]nd ten dollars on the next quarte[r .....]

R[ec]eived, May 9. 1849. of M. [Brayman .....]

[....]nes for rent of house up to [.....]

[.....] the same, & all other accounts [.....]


[1]   ADS, Willard Bunn, Springfield, Illinois, and ADS, IHi. Lincoln wrote out this lease in duplicate leaving blanks where the name ``Ludlum'' appears, and later inserted the correct name. Ludlum was a brick contractor of Jacksonville, Illinois.

[2]   The first two of these endorsements are not, of course, in Lincoln's hand, but the last two are. Portions of the last endorsement are torn away. The endorsements appear only on the Barrett copy, which is presumably the one kept by Lincoln, while the Condell copy is the one retained by Ludlum.

[3]   Brayman was a prominent lawyer with whom Lincoln came to be associated as attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad.