Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Adam Adams [1]

Mr. Adam Adams Springfield,
Dear Sir: Jany. 19. 1853.

The Judge this morning, decided our case against us. I paid the cost, and took a new trial. It will not be tried again until next summerPage  593 term. Feeling more than an ordinary interest for you, in this case, it is my opinion, you should be on hand, with your witnesses next summer, so as to get a trial, the record of which, shall be in the best possible form to go to the Supreme court. In addition to what we proved before about possession, I want to get in such circumstances as shall make it almost, or quite certain, that you had no actual notice of Kemper's judgment, when you bought, and took possession of the land. I think it may be important to make this point of ``want of actual notice'' distinctly. When you receive this, let Mr. Bovey know of it. Yours truly A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, Newberry Library, Chicago. See Lincoln's letter to Adam Adams and John Bovey, August 2, 1852, supra (II, 133-34).