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    Excessively Rare Legal Document Signed by Abraham Lincoln's Father, Thomas Lincoln (Multiple Times), His Stepbrother, John D. Johnston, and his Step-Brother-in-Law, Squire Hall: An Unobtainable Combination of Autographs

    (Abraham Lincoln) Thomas Lincoln, John D. Johnson, and Squire Hall; DS by all three, with additional 3 signatures and manuscript of Thomas Lincoln in the text (he has also written the names of Johnston and Hall two additional times). Excessively rare examples of the handwriting of the father of Abraham Lincoln with only a few pieces known. Signed "Thos. Lincoln" below the signatures of Johnston and Hall, Coles County, Illinois, March 12, 1836, 13 x 8". On November 5, 1835, Johnston and Hall were arrested for "assaulting an officer in attempting to execute process." And for "gaming". (Johnston received three summonses in 1835 to appear as a grand jury witness or as a witness in circuit court). Bail was fixed at $100 on the first charge and at $50 on the second. The assault charge was tried before a jury on April 6th, Johnston was acquitted on Hall was found guilty. Sentencing was postponed until October 8, when Hall received a sentence of a $5 fine and twenty-four hours confinement in the county jail. That same day, both were found not guilty of the gaming charge. This legal document relates to the October 6 trial. It is docketed as an "Appearance bond" and referred to by the deputy sheriff as a "Recognizance." Johnston and Hall then obligated themselves to the State of Illinois for $50 each and the trio severally for $100 and promised to "appear on the first day of the next term of the Coles Circuit Court to Be holden at the court house in the said County of Coles on the 6th day of April then and there to answer and indictment preferred against him by the grand jury and not depart said court without leave thereof then this recognized to be void…" Thomas Lincoln must have been acting as a guarantor or legal head of household. Abraham Lincoln recalled his father as poorly educated,…"and never did more in the way of writing than to bunglingly sign his own name…" Because of his lack of education and limited writing ability the autograph of Thomas Lincoln is virtually unobtainable. In the last 50 years only three have appeared at auction, including this one at the Crocker sale of Lincoln memorabilia and autographs in 1979. Housed in an elegant slipcase.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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