Lot 12: Abraham Lincoln Partial signed document
10th October 2018
Partial manuscript DS, signed by Abraham Lincoln, "And the plaintiff doth the like, James & Lincoln p.q.," one page, 7.75 x 3, no date but circa 1852. Fragment of a legal document penned in another hand, in part: "And for further plea in his behalf to the first second third and fourth counts in said plaintiff's declaration mentioned, said defendant comes and defends the wrong and injury when &c, and says that the said supposed writings or notes in said counts mentioned are not the writings or notes or deeds of the president & trustees of the town of Belkin, and of this she puts herself upon the County." In very good to fine condition, with two small pieces of clear tape at the ends of the fold splits on the reverse. During this period Lincoln had solidified his reputation as a talented lawyer after representing the Alton & Sangamon Railroad against one of its shareholders in 1851. It was Lincoln's unwavering integrity in his legal practice that gave rise to his famous nickname, 'Honest Abe.'
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