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

To Thomas J. Turner [1]

Hon. T. J. Turner: Springfield,
Dear Sir: June 27. 1853.

Your letter of the 20th. reached me. day-before yesterday. I had, the day before, written to Adams [2] to be on hand with his witnesses--- but, at the request of Judge Logan, [3] who is Kemper's attorney, I put in a Post-script, saying to Adams, if he was agreed, the cause should be continued over the summer term. On subsequent reflection, I rather wish Adams may not agree. I have the case fresh in my mind, and therefore wish to keep it going till it is finished. I have already drafted a Bill of Exceptions, and my plan is to put the common law suit through the forms of a second trial, up to a verdict (which must be against us, under Judge D's view of the law) except, & save all the points, and then, before judgment, file our Bill and get an injunction. I shall begin preparing a Bill this afternoon, which IPage  200 wish to file during the ensuing term; and I believe I will do this, even should the ejectment suit be continued---and in order to [do] this, Mr. Adams must come down to swear to the Bill. In no event can we be ready for proof in the chancery suit at this time, so that we will need no other witness than the one that was here last summer. I wrote Mr. Adams about a Register's certificate & if he can find one or two missing tax receipts, let him bring them. I should be glad to see you & shake you by the hand; but as there is no contested jury question, I scarcely think you need be at the trouble & expense of coming. All the law questions which can arise at this term, the Judge has already decided. Very truly yours,



[1]   ALS, Soutloey 6192

[2]   Vide supra.

[3]   Stephen T. Logan.