Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Usher F. Linder [1]

Dear Linder--- Springfield, March 8. 1853.

The change of circuits prevents my attending the Edgar court this Spring, and perhaps generally hereafter. There is a little Ejectment case from Bloomfield, in which the name of Davidson figures, but in which a couple of men by the name of Bailey are interested; [2] and for defending which I have been paid a little fee. Now I dislike to keep their money without doing the service; & I also hate to disgorge; and I therefore request of you to defend the case for me; & I will, in due time, do as much or more for you. Write me whether you can do it. Yours as ever,



[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Davidson v. Bailey was tried on April 29. Presumably Linder complied with Lincoln's request and defended the case, for Lincoln was attending court at Metamora in Woodford County on April 28 and could hardly have attended the trial at Paris on the next day. The Edgar County Circuit Court record, however, records that the case was tried on April 29 with Lincoln for the defendant.