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    Rare 1852 Legal Document Entirely in Abraham Lincoln's Own Hand This item emanates from a period of lull in Lincoln's political career, following his departure from the U.S. Congress after 1850, but before his election to the Illinois Legislature in 1854. The compromise of 1850 had brought a temporary end to sectional differences, until the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1856 ignited "Bloody Kansas," and drew Lincoln's attention back to politics. During the intervening time he tended his lucrative law practice, riding the circuit to temporarily partner with various local attorneys on specific cases. One of these was Joseph Peters of Danville, Illinois who was the "Peters" referred to in the "Peters & Lincoln" at the end of the brief. This particular type of document is known as an interpleading. Lincoln and his associate represented the defendant in a dispute over a land purchase. It fully covers a single side of a 7.5" x 10" sheet of paper, presenting an attractive format for display. It is also a real value for the collector: no where except in these legal briefs can one obtain such an extensive example of Lincoln's handwriting for such a reasonable price, even including his name. This also represents an important period in his life, during which Lincoln made himself one of Illinois' wealthiest citizens and honed the verbal and intellectual skills which were to serve him so well in his later career in national politics (U.S. President 1861-1865). Condition is very nice, with only very minor light edge browning. There is one very minor, slight chip at the lower righthand corner, and a two inch partial separation from the right edge along an original light fold line which is otherwise barely detectable. All in all a fine display condition, as photo shows. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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