Lot 28: ADS, signed "Lincoln," one page, 7 x 5.5, no date. A handwritten legal brief summarizing the dismissal of a case brought by Beverly Allen against three members of the Lindsay family for trespassing. The body of the document, in full: "It is agreed between the parties that this suit be dismissed at the cost of the defendant, Alexander Lindsay." Signed at the conclusion by Lincoln and countersigned by Lindsay. Below, a signed lower portion of the document bears an ink notation in another hand, signed "Jas. H. Matheny, Judge," dated November 3, 1880, and reading, "The above is one of Mr. Lincoln's first papers as an attorney at law, about the year 1836." Handsomely suede-matted and framed with a plaque and large portrait to an overall size of 26 x 21. In fine condition, with light irregular toning.Abraham Lincoln was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1836 and befriended James H. Matheny upon arriving in Springfield to begin his law practice. On the morning of November 4, 1842, Lincoln asked Matheny to be the best man at his wedding to Mary Todd later that day. Matheny also pursued a career in law, and after being admitted to the bar in 1843 rented office space in the same building as Lincoln. Although they did not always see eye-to-eye, they supported each other's political aspirations. The confluence of factors in the present document—a relic from the dawn of Lincoln's career, first-person documentation, and a personal association of the highest significance—make for an item of exceptional interest and rarity.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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