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

To Elihu N. Powell [1]

Dear Powell: Springfield, Feb. 15. 1856

When you wrote me from Chicago about our Aspinall case, [2] I had done nothing with it. But being thereby stirred up, I looked into it, and took fright, lest the Statute of Limitations had matured against it, since the papers were in my hands. To make sure, if it had not, that it should not, I brought the suit at once in our Sangamon Circuit Court,---not knowing where Aspinall lives, so as to sue in the Federal court.

The transcript of record which you gave me, showed the judgment to have been rendered in Nov. 1850; but something about it made me suspect that to be a mistake. I sent the transcript to Mr. Gantt, [3] who returned it to me day-before yesterday, amended,Page  332 showing the date of the judgment to be Nov. 1852. So, we are on our feet again as to the Statute of Limitations. This morning I finished, and filed the declaration Q.E.D. Yours as ever



[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Thomas Aspinall v. Thomas Lewis, Willis H. Johnson, and John B. Moffett.

[3]   Unidentified.