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

Document Drawn for James Eastep [1]

November 12, 1831

Know all men by these presents that I James Eastep am held and firmly bound in the penal Sum of twenty Dollars unto Solomon Teter for the conveyance of a certain tract or parcel of land it being the part of a certain tract (situated in St. Clair County and State of Illinois) which falls to my wife as an heir of Abraham Teter deceased.

Page  4The condition of the above obligation is such. If the said James Eastep shall make a good and lawful patent to said Teter for the afforesaid parcel of land by the twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred-and thirty six the above obligation is to be null void and of no effect. Otherwise to Remain in full force and Virtue at law.

In testimony whereof the said James Eastep has hereunto set his hand and seal this twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.




[1]   ADS, owned by Mrs. Dillard Estep Samuel, Chicago, Illinois. The document is entirely in Lincoln's hand, including the signature of James Eastep, who was a farmer and operator of a ``horse mill'' near the location of the present town of Petersburg. His wife was Abigail Teter, daughter of the Abraham Teter named in the document.