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Nine piece archive spanning Lincoln's legal career and shaping his future as the Emanicpator including work done for a slavery case and for a man whose property housed the first log schoolhouse
Illinois, 1838 - 1858 The archive includes: Four sheets from the Cromwell estate for a Dr. William Cromwell and a Nathan Cromwell. One sheet lists an 1838 Stuart & Lincoln payment for 17.50. The Lincoln association in this document is interesting because it had slavery ties. In 1836, David Bailey gave Nathan Cromwell a promissory note for $376.48 for a black female slave named Nance. The parties agreed that Cromwell would provide proof that the woman was a slave and bound to servitude. Cromwell died and William Cromwell, the administrators of Nathan Cromwell's estate sued for payment of the note. Bailey retained Stuart & Lincoln and argued that he did not pay because Nathan Cromwell voided the contract by failing to provide the note. The court ruled for Cromwell and awarded $431.97. Bailey appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court which reversed the judgment, ruling that the note and the agreement made at the same time were one contract. Since Cromwell didn't furnish the evidence of indenture as promised, the contract was
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