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Collection Reference Number GLC00606
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1855 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Anson L. Brewer regarding the trial of James Kelly and Jesse D. Blackledge
Date 27 July 1855
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Brewer, Anson L.  
Document Type Correspondence; Legal document
Content Description Writes to fellow attorney Brewer about the status of James Kelly v. Jesse D. Blackledge in the Logan County Circuit Court. Describes how the judge delayed the suit by taking the case under advisement. He questions the trial, "if it could be called a trial," and is astounded by the judge's eventual ruling against him. At the time this letter was written Lincoln and his partner Herdon were appealing the ruling. They later won. Basler, Roy P. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), Vol. II 1848 - 1858 p. 315-316
Subjects Law  President  Judiciary  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Brewer, Anson L. (fl. 1855)  Kelly, James (fl. 1855)  Blackledge, Jesse D. (fl.1855)  
Place written Springfield, Illinois
Theme The Presidency; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Basler 2: 315-316, with some errors, reprinted from Commercial Law Journal 54 (2), Feb. 1949. Brewer was an attorney from new Lisbon, Ohio who represented a building contractor. The case was James Kelly v. Estate of Jesse D. Blackledge. An appeal of the case favored Lincoln's client in November 1856. Since no appeal was filed by Blackledge's estate, the suit was probably settled, although no record confirms it.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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