Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Browning: Springfield, Jany. 26. 1852

The case of Smith vs Gardner is decided for the plaintiff. It went off on two points only. First, that defendant's deed from patentee, of Aug: 1820, not having been recorded until after the curing act of 1822, could not take precedence of our deed of Jany. 1820 & recordedPage  118 in June 1820, but defectively; but which defect, the court holds to be cured by the act of 1822.

Secondly, that the Revenue act of 1839 did repeal all former laws on the subject, and did not retain them for finishing up the collections of the revenue for 1838; and therefore, that a sale made under the old laws, after their repeal, was void. This is all. Yours as ever