[4]   Robert Allen (see letter dated June 21, 1836), proprietor of stage lines operating out of Springfield, gave his note for $900 at 12 per cent to James Bell & Company, January 1, 1842. On July 5, he gave a trust deed to 200 acres in Christian County to Lincoln for use and benefit of Speed. The Bank of Illinois (at Shawneetown) failed in February, 1842, but was expected to resume in June. Having passed the day set for resumption, June 15, the value of its paper declined further.

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