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Abraham Lincoln
In the Wake of His Famed Senate Campaign Against Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln Handles a Case for a Troublesome Client He remains non-committal about dates and options to avoid the wrath of the client, in this letter from the renowned Emanuel Hertz collection
30/11/1858. In November 1858, Lincoln was just coming out of the famous Senate campaign against Stephen A. Douglas. He lost, but his debates with Douglas made him famous and thrust him into the national spotlight. He would be nominated for president just a year and a half later.But in the wake of the loss, his law practice carried on. On November 17, 1858, Lincoln angrily replied to a letter from S. C. Davis & Co. complaining that, with Lincoln handling the case, lands of owners against whom judgments were won had not yet been entered for foreclosure or sold. After describing what had already been done, Lincoln sought to wash his hands of Davis business by offering to surrender it to anyone they name. ""I believe we have had, of legal fees…one hundred dollars. I would not go through the same labor and vexation again for five hundred."" But the Davis firm refused to allow Lincoln to withdraw. We know this because on November 30, Lincoln again wrote Davis about the same matter. That he had other things on his mind may be seen in that on the same day, November 30, Lincoln wrote his friend and ally Henry C. Whitney, requesting that he procure for him two sets of the Chicago Tribune containing his debates with Douglas.Autograph letter signed, Springfield, Ill., November 30, 1858, to Messrs. S. C. Davis & Co., further advising regarding foreclosures on the properties. “Gentlemen, Yours of the 27th returning letter of Mr. Fishback is just received. What amount will have to be paid Mr. Fishback, we can not tell until we hear further from him.“We await your direction about ma … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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