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

To Anson L. Brewer [1]

A. L. Brewer Esq. Springfield, Ill.,
Dear Sir:--- July 27, 1855

Yours of the 21st is received. When I wrote you in March I explained to you the sources of the delay so far. When I went to that

Page  316County in April, I did give the case my special attention. I commenced a suit in Probate Court; and, as the executor would waive nothing, the time for trial extended beyond the term of the Circuit Court and of course came on when I had to be elsewhere. However my partner went up especially to attend to it and when the trial (if it could be called a trial) was over the Judge declined deciding then, but took the case under advisement. There was really nothing to decide, only the grave question whether the record with the certificates (which last, you remember we got up ourselves) proves the debt---and yet the Judge finally decided that against us!!! When the decision was made, we notified by letter, and we sent up an appeal bond, to take the case to Circuit Court, which sits again in September. Thus stands the case now. Yours &c



[1]   Printed in Henry C. Friend, ``Abraham Lincoln as a Receiving Attorney: Kelly vs. Blackledge,'' Commercial Law Journal, Vol. 54, No. 2, February, 1949.