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

To Gustave P. Koerner [1]

Hon. G. Koerner Springfield, Oct. 25. 1857.

My dear Sir: Our Sangamon Circuit Court is now in session, and will continue in session for two or three weeks yet. By agreement with Logan, I can fix up your Quo Warranto case, [2] at any time, during the term, for the Supreme Court this ensuing winter. Now, for the object of this note. I want your authority, at my discretion, to pass the case over the next term of the Supreme Court. I can not mention the reason now; but there is a reason which I believe you will appreciate, when you come to know it. The reason is precisely the same to you and to me, not being of any pecuniary interest to either. I write like letters to Brown and Yates. [3] Please answer at once. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, MoSHi.

[2]   Stephen T. Logan was attorney for Nicolas H. Ridgely in the case. See letter of July 19, supra. The case had been called and continued on August 11.

[3]   William Brown and Richard Yates, law partners, of Jacksonville, Illinois, who were also involved in the case.