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

To Joseph Means [1]

Joseph Means Springfield,
Dear Sir May 11. 1858

The statements made within, if true are evidence of fraud on the part of the executor in selling the land. Fraud by the principles of law, invalidates everything. To get rid of this sale, a bill in chancery is to be filed, charging the fraud, and then, if the fraud can be proved, the sale will be set aside. This is all that can be said. Any lawyer will know how---to do it. Yours &c



[1]   ALS-F, ISLA. Joseph Means was a farmer near Eureka, Illinois, who had written Lincoln about some property that had belonged to his widowed daughter.