Bill of Sale from John Ferguson to Alexander Trent, 25 January 18321
Know all men by these presents that I John Ferguson for and in considderation of the Sum of thirty five dollars have given granted bargained and Sold all my right and title in and to the New Salem ferry in Sangamon County unto Alexander Trent2
In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand this 25th January 1832
John Ferguson

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1Abraham Lincoln wrote the entirety of the text on page one, including Ferguson’s signature.
2On March 5, 1832, the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court approved the sale and authorized Trent to operate the ferry at New Salem at the same rates charged by previous owner James A. Richerson.
Minutes, 5 March 1832, Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court Record Book C, 265, Manuscripts Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield IL.

Handwritten Document Signed with a Representation, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)