Lincoln Legal Briefs

October/November 1987, Number 4

Since the last newsletter, we have moved and are now in our more snug quarters. While our mailing address and telephone numbers remain unchanged, the entrance to our third-floor office is at 213 1/2 South Sixth Street, next to the entrance to the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office Historic Site. In addition, we have once again modified the name of the Project. We hope this is the final change. Hereafter, the Project will be know as The Lincoln Legals: A Documentary History of the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, 1836-1861.

In action at the recent meetings of The Abraham Lincoln Association's Board and The Lincoln Legals Advisory Board, the latter was slightly restructured. Janice Petterchak, head of the Illinois State Historical Library Division, and Tom Schwartz, Lincoln Curator of that Division, have been made ex officio members while representatives from the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Supreme Court have been added. The new members are Donald P. Schiller, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Honorable Ben Miller, a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

It is with no little regret that we announce the resignation of the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr., from the Advisory Board of The Lincoln Legals. He has served as chairman of the Board since its inception and has been of invaluable assistance in getting the Project off the ground. Not only has Judge Wood taken an active part in advising the Editors and staff of the Project, but he has supported it financially as well. Also, we would be remiss if we did not note the splendid hospitality of Judge Wood and his lovely wife, Cathryn, at the reception-buffet following the Advisory Board meeting on September 24.

The Abraham Lincoln Association Board, after hearing reports on the Project's progress, voted to authorize the Editor to use funds contributed specifically for the Project up to $22,000 as presented in the supplemental budget. To get the initial drive for more funds underway, board members contributed more than $6,000. Those contributing were: the Honorable John Hannum, Ralph G. Newman, Frank and Virginia Williams, James T. Hickey, the firm of Hart and Southworth, and the Robert A. Barker Foundation. A donation from Judge Wood had been received earlier to help with expenses relating to our office move and decoration; I contributed the honorarium received for speaking to the Iowa Genealogical Society in October.

In early November I attended the annual meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing in Boston. I combined it with a research trip to the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. There I was received most hospitably by Jennifer Lee, the Head of Reference, Special Collections, who made available the rich collection of more than 100 Lincoln legal documents. Due to the University's generosity during the Abraham Lincoln Association's sponsorship of the preparation of the Collected Works by Roy Basler, the Historical Library already had copies of about thirty of the documents. I wish also to acknowledge the help of Dr. Howard B. Gotlieb's staff in Special Collections at the Boston University Library where I located and copied a number of previously unknown documents.

Within the next few days we will have available the brochure describing the Project. We will send you a copy as soon as they are received from the printer. If you wish additional copies for distribution among acquaintances who can help us either financially or in locating documents, let me know how many copies you need, and we will send them with our thanks.

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Springfield, Illinois