Lincoln Legal Briefs

March-April, 1988, Number 6

Since the last Briefs, the Lincoln Legals has received cash contributions from the following individuals and firms: Joseph M. Ayd, Philip K. Connelly, Edwards Brown, Richard N. Current, John Brooks Davis, W.D. Hickle, Robert P. Howard, Illinois Bell Telephone, James E. Myers, John Y. Simon, and J.M. Slechta. We are grateful for their support.

In addition to the cash contributions listed above, Art Loux of Kansas City, Missouri, arranged for the three-year loan of an IBM XT computer with a 10mb hard disk to the project. He also provided the framework for the beginning a Lincoln Legal "Day by Day." When implemented, it will enable us to easily track Lincoln's court activity chronologically. It will be some time, however, before we begin entering that type of information.

John Power of the Jacksonville Journal-Courier has arranged for the indefinite loan of John J. Hardin's copy of Simon Greenleaf, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence (Boston, 1846).

The Abraham Lincoln Symposium was a resounding success. Well over 225 people attended the session in the Old State Capitol on February 12. The discussions of Mary Todd Lincoln by Professor Jean Baker of Goucher College, and the Ann Rutledge legend by John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale were provocative and well received. Both papers will be published in the Association's Journal.

The Advisory Board of the Lincoln Legals met in Springfield on February 11. Although no action was taken, the Board discussed a number of proposals from publishers interested in the Lincoln Legals. The Board did vote to enlarge its membership in an effort to provide better national representation to the project.

The project staff was disappointed that the Lincoln Legals did not receive an NEH grant. We were, however, encouraged by the NEH staff to submit a revised proposal. We are currently preparing the revision, and hope to have it in the mail well in advance of the June 1 deadline. In the meantime, we remain optimistic, and will continue moving forward with the financial support of the Abraham Lincoln Association, private contributions, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. If others wish to contribute, checks should be made payable to the Abraham Lincoln Association with a notation that the money is for the Lincoln Legals, and sent to the Abraham Lincoln Association, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.

We have completed accessioning copies of material received from the Illinois State Historical Library, and have begun accessioning copies of legal material found in the Herndon-Weik collection held by the Library of Congress.

It is with regret that we announce the departure of Marty Benner, who has been Secretary/Office Manager for the project since February 1987. Marty has been responsible for setting up and maintaining order within the office and on the computers since joining the project. Her ability to manage and manipulate the data bases developed this past year has been of incalculable assistance to the project. We shall miss her.

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