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    Abraham Lincoln. Autograph Document Signed "Saltonstall, for plff". Tazewell Co. (Ill.), September 1852, one and one-half pages, folio, on blue paper. In James E. Smith vs James C. Gaines, the plaintiff declares that the previous July the defendant "in a…conversation…held in the presence and hearing of divers good citizens…concerning the evidence the said plaintiff had theretofore given on the trial of a certain cause before a justice of the peace, wherein the defendant herein was a party…spoke…the following false, scandalous, malicious and defamatory words, to wit: 'James E. Smith…swore a lie, and I…can prove it'…meaning and intending to impute to the said plaintiff the crime of perjury…" Records show that on May 5, 1852 a jury decided for Smith, awarding him $100 damages, a tenth of the amount asked for in this document. Lincoln seems to have written this declaration as a favor for his colleague A.H. Saltonstall, and only later joined him in the suit; someone, perhaps county clerk J.A. Jones, has amended the signature by adding "Lincoln and" before what Lincoln himself wrote ("Saltonstall, for plff."). From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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