President of the United States.
Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, one page, oblong octavo, undated, framed with a fine signature, Lincoln & Herndon, mounted below.
As a young attorney, Abraham Lincoln pens a legal manuscript concerning a case of arson: Besides the title papers, one of which I have, and the other of which, Officers deed, you are to get, get witnesses to prove first. The fact that you built the house, and the terms with the company, upon which you built it. Secondly, that the man in actual possession was your tenant, and the terms he was in upon. Third: The fact that the house was burnt; how, and by whom it was set on fire; that the person through whom it was set on fire was in the employment of the company. Lastly: The value of the home and then the amount of the damage owed you.
The law firm of Lincoln and Herndon began in 1844 in Springfield, Illinois, when Abraham Lincoln, then an established lawyer, formed a partnership with the younger and more inexperienced William Herndon. The junior partner learned quickly and was extremely well-organized (a trait Lincoln did not share); while Lincoln spent a good part of his time travelling the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Herndon stayed on top of things at the office. Lincoln and Herndon were law partners for sixteen years and developed a close relationship. Their partnership actually lasted until Lincoln’s death in 1865 but after 1860, when he ran for President, Abraham Lincoln was not actively involved with it. Herndon would ultimately write a well-respected biography of his former partner.
Matted in ivory and claret, with a portrait of the Great Emancipator. In a carved gilt and black frame measuring 23 inches wide by 17 inches high.
This item is associated with these categories in our inventory:
- Civil War