Lincoln Legal Briefs

July - September 1997, Number 43

Abraham Lincoln Association

We are pleased to enclose a news bulletin from the Abraham Lincoln Association, a longstanding co-sponsor of The Lincoln Legal Papers. We encourage readers who are not members of ALA to join this organization, which is dedicated to studying, preserving and disseminating authentic information about Abraham Lincoln.


The Lincoln Calendar

The 12th annual Lincoln Colloquium will take place on Saturday, October 25, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. This year's conference theme, "The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln," features presentations by Dwight T. Pitcaithley, Douglas L. Wilson, Frank J. Williams, Rodney Davis, Harold Holzer, and Philip Shaw Paludan. For further information contact the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, (217) 492-4241, ext. 241.



We acknowledge with deep appreciation the generosity of the following recent donors: Marty Benner, Glen L. Bower, Thomas Campbell, Professor Rodney O. Davis, David B. Franco, Great River Genealogical Society, Mr. & Mrs. David McCalmont, Benjamin Shapell, Richard Stahl. A contribution in honor of Lloyd A. Schwiebert was made by Mr. & Mrs. John Dixon. Hart, Southworth & Witsman made a contribution in memory of Robert B. Oxtoby.  



The publication date for the Complete Documentary Edition on CD-ROM has been rescheduled as a result of adjustments in the user interface, and a recalculation of the time required to complete numerous accessioning, proofreading and related tasks. All staff work will be completed by the fall of 1998, with publication set for early in 1999.

Meanwhile, we were pleasantly surprised by the length of a list we recently compiled of 59 books and articles that are based in whole or in part on the project's documentary holdings and reference assistance. This bibliography demonstrates that our work over the past decade has spawned a surge of new scholarship on Abraham Lincoln's law practice. Our many document discoveries, our path-breaking database and publication plans, and our "open door" policy for researchers have popularized and invigorated a research field that had lain dormant for over 30 years. The bibliography follows.



A list of recent books and articles on Abraham Lincoln's law practice, based on or encouraged by the work and the holdings of The Lincoln Legal Papers.

Bannister, Dan W. "A Fight on a Train Ride to Lincoln, Illinois, and Abraham Lincoln's Defense of the Victim." The Lincoln Newsletter 12 (Fall 1993): 1, 3.

------. Lincoln and the Common Law. Springfield: Published privately, 1992.

------. Lincoln and the Supreme Court. Springfield: Published privately, 1995.

Beard, William D. "Abraham Lincoln in Illinois." Illinois History 40 (February 1987): 98-100.

------. "American Justinian or Prairie Pettifogger? Lincoln's Legal Legacy: Documenting the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln." Documentary Editing 14 (December 1992): 61-64.

------. Barrett v. Alton & Sangamon Railroad, 1852: Lincoln in the Illinois Supreme Court. Springfield, Illinois: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1989.

------. "Clark and Morrison v. Page and Bacon et al.: A Lincoln Railroad Case." The Lincoln Newsletter 11 (December 1992): 3-4.

------. "Dalby Revisited: A New Look at Lincoln's 'Most Far-reaching Case' in the Illinois Supreme Court." Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Forthcoming.

------. "'I have labored hard to find the law:' Abraham Lincoln for the Alton and Sangamon Railroad," Illinois Historical Journal 85 (Winter 1992): 209-220.

------. "Lincoln Defends 'Black Bill' in Dewitt County." The Lincoln Newsletter 11 (December 1992): 3-4.

------. "Lincoln and the Illinois Central Railroad: A New Document." Lincoln Herald 92 (Spring 1990): 16-17.

------. "Lincoln's 'Jarndyce v. Jarndyce:' A Family Dispute on the Illinois Frontier." The Lincoln Newsletter 13 (Spring 1994): 3, 6-7.

------. "Procuring Bread: A New Lincoln Survey." The Lincoln Newsletter 10 (Winter 1991): 3-4.

Beard, William D. and Cullom Davis. "Brief in Argument in Abraham Lincoln vs. Illinois Central Railroad." Documentary Editing 11 (March 1989): 27.

Benner, Martha. "The Abraham Lincoln Legal Papers: The Development of the Complete Edition on CD-ROM." Documentary Editing 16 (December 1994): 100-107.

------. "The Lincoln Legal Papers and The New Age of Documentary Editing." Computers and the Humanities. Forthcoming.

Bray, Robert. "The P. Quinn Harrison Murder Trial." Lincoln Herald 99 (Summer 1997): 59-79.

Bro, Ivan. Poctivý Abe o dramatickém ivot Abrahama Lincolna. Praha: Nakladatelství Petrklí, 1995.

Davis, Cullom. "A. Lincoln on Appeal." Illinois Appellate Law Review 6 (Winter 1994): 44-49.

------. "Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Symbiosis of Law and Politics." Papers from the Seventh Annual Lincoln Colloquium (1994).

 ------. "Abraham Lincoln and the Golden Age of American Law." Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin Historical Bulletin (1994).

------. "Abraham Lincoln and The Medical Profession." Springfield Clinic Medical Bulletin 18 (June 1991): 17-20.

------. "Abraham Lincoln's Federal Practice." Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Historical Society for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Forthcoming.

------. "The Crucible of Statesmanship: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln." Tamkang Journal of American Studies 6 (Winter 1989): 1-19.

------. "The Crucible of Statesmanship: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln." Sino-American Relations 20 (Autumn 1994): 80-103.

------. In Search of the Missing Lincoln. Springfield, Illinois: The Lincoln Legal Papers, 1994.

------. "Law and Politics: The Two Careers of Abraham Lincoln." Quarterly Journal of Ideology 17 (June 1994): 61-75.

------. "The Law Practice of Lincoln," in The Universal Lincoln, edited by Yu-Tang D. Lew, 242-265. Chinese Cultural University Press, 1995.

------. Lincoln the Lawyer. Springfield, Illinois: The Lincoln Legal Papers, 1990.

------. "Lincoln the Lawyer." Papers from the Fourth Annual Lincoln Colloquium (1991): 12-21.

------. "'The Little Engine That Knew No Rest': Lincoln's Career in Law," in A Day With Mr. Lincoln, edited by Richard Rollins, 1-13. Redondo Beach, California: Rank and File Publications, 1994.

Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.

Frank, John P. Lincoln as a Lawyer. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1961. Reprint, with an introduction by Cullom Davis, Chicago: Americana House, 1991.

Hill, Frederick Trevor. Lincoln, The Lawyer. New York: The Century Company, 1912. Reprint, New York: Legal Classics Library, 1996.

Hubbard, Charles M. "Lincoln and the Chicken Bone Case." American History 32 (October 1997): 31-34, 69.

Krause, Susan. "Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, Attorney and Client," Illinois Historical Journal 89 (Spring 1996): 35-50.

------. Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, Attorney and Client. Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln Legal Papers, 1996.

Long, John. The Law of Illinois-Volume I: Lincoln's Cases Before the Illinois Supreme Court, From His Entry Into the Practice of Law Until His Entry Into Congress. Published privately, 1993.

------. The Law of Illinois-Volume II: Lincoln's Cases Before the Illinois Supreme Court, From His Return to the Practice of Law Until His Return to Politics. Published privately, 1996.

Lueckenhoff, Sandra K. "A. Lincoln, a Corporate Attorney and the Illinois Central Railroad." Missouri Law Review 61 (Spring 1996): 393-428.

Lupton, John A. "Abraham Lincoln: Pension Attorney." The Lincoln Newsletter 14 (Winter 1996): 1, 7-8.

------. "'In View of the Uncertainty of Life': A Coles County Lynching." Illinois Historical Journal 89 (Autumn 1996): 134-146.

------. "Putting the Pieces Together." Documentary Editing 18 (June 1996): 46-47.

Matthews, Elizabeth W. Lincoln as a Lawyer: An Annotated Bibliography. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991.

Nolt, Steven M. "Christian Farni and Abraham Lincoln: Legal Advice and the Election of 1860." Illinois Mennonite Heritage 23 (March 1996): 1, 13-14.

------. "The Rise and Fall of an Amish Distillery: Economic Networks and Entrepreneurial Risk on the Illinois Frontier." Parts 1 and 2. Illinois Mennonite Heritage 22 (September 1995): 45, 53-63; (December 1995): 65, 75-79.

Smith, George W. When Lincoln Came to Egypt. Herrin, Illinois: Trovillion Press, 1940. Reprint with "Abraham Lincoln in Southern Illinois" by John Y. Simon, Herrin, Illinois: Crossfire Press, 1993.

Spiegel, Allen D. "Abraham Lincoln and the Insanity Plea." Journal of Community Health 19 (June 1994): 201-220.

------. "Abraham Lincoln and the Insanity Plea." Lincoln Herald 97 (Summer 1995): 60-70.

Spiegel, Allen D., and Florence Kavaler. "Abraham Lincoln, Medical Jurisprudence, and Chloroform-Induced Insanity in an 1857 Murder Trial." Lincoln Herald 98 (Winter 1996): 139-146.

Steiner, Mark E. "Abraham Lincoln and the Antebellum Legal Profession." Ph.D. diss., University of Houston, 1993.

------. Fancher v. Gollagher. Springfield, Illinois: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1995.

------. "The Lawyer as Peacemaker: Law and Community in Abraham Lincoln's Slander Cases." Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 16 (Summer 1995): 1-22.

------. "Lincoln's Continuing Legal Education." Lincoln Herald 95 (Spring 1993): 12-20.

Suttles, Dennis E. "Schism on the Prairie: The Case of the Free Portuguese Church of Jacksonville, Illinois." The Journal of Presbyterian History (Winter 1997). Forthcoming.

Towery, Margie. "Lincoln and the 'Stabbing Affray': People v. Peachy Quinn Harrison." The Lincoln Legacy 4 (Spring 1990): 5-6.

Verduin, Paul H. "A New Lincoln Discovery: Rebecca Thomas, His 'Revolutionary War Widow.'" Lincoln Herald 98 (Spring 1996): 3-11.

Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln Before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Wilson, Douglas L. and Rodney O. Davis., eds. Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

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