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

To Gustave P. Koerner [1]

Hon: G. Koerner. Springfield,
Dear Sir: July 19. 1857

Your letter of the 8th. to Lincoln & Herndon was received & opened by Mr. Herndon in my absence; but finding it relating toPage  411 business with which I was more familiar he laid it by till my return, which was only yesterday.

The judgment of Page & Bacon against the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad Company, in the U.S. court here, was taken, by confession on a cognovit, at the March term 1856 for the sum of $312,413,74---including costs. Execution issued April 16th. 1856, which was, by order of the plaintiffs returned unsatisfied, sale having been postponed, June 6. 1856. While it was in the hands of the Marshal, it was levied on the entire property of the Road (as I suppose, a large amount at any rate) which levy remains undisposed of.

Will you please remember that our Sangamon Circuit Court commences Augt. 10- when I suppose our Quo Warranto case [2] will come up, and when I shall be glad to have the benefit of your legal assistance. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   The People ex rel. Koerner et al. v. N. H. Ridgely et al., which involved the appointment of Koerner and others as trustees of the State Bank of Illinois.