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Collection Reference Number GLC00426
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1852 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Lewis M. Hays on the subject of a law suit
Date 27 October 1852
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Hays, Lewis M.  
Document Type Correspondence; Legal document
Content Description Lincoln pities an impoverished cripple, George Turley and suggests that his client to drop the lawsuit, in part because he won't get the money. Written on blue stationery and accompanied by an envelope.
Subjects Charity and Philanthropy  Law  President  Finance  Health and Medical  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Springfield, [?]
Theme Law; Health & Medicine; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Basler 2: 160. See also 2: 105, 201-202 and 206, correspondence with Hays concerning the case. Lincoln began the suit April 23, 1851 (2: 105) and eventually won judgment against Turley September 7, 1853. (2: 202), although he collected less money than expected after the defendant introduced important new witnesses. George W. Turley founded the town Mt. Pulaski, Ill. See GLC 756 for the outcome of the case.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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