Promissory Note of Nelson Alley and Abraham Lincoln to James D. Henry, 30 October 18321
No 13
SIX MONTHS after date we or either of us, promise to pay to J. D. HENRY Sheriff of Sangamon County, or order, (for the benefit of the creditors of V. A. Bogue) the sum ofone hundred & fourdollarsEighty Seven 1/2cents, value received this the 30th Oct., 1832.2
Nelson AlleyA Lincoln
1This document is partially printed. Nelson Alley filled in the blanks and signed his name. Abraham Lincoln signed his own name.
2This note represented Alley and Lincoln’s investment in the speculative ventures of Bogue, who hoped to make the Sangamon River navigable. Henry subsequently assigned the note to his own creditors who, in turn, sued Alley and Lincoln for payment.
Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln’s New Salem (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1934), 70; Order in Henry for use of McCandless & Emmerson v. Alley & Lincoln, 13 September 1833, Sangamon County Circuit Court, Record B 1831-1835, 225, Illinois Regional Archives Depository, University of Illinois Springfield; Henry for use of McCandless & Emmerson v. Alley & Lincoln, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009),

Partially Printed Document Signed, 1 page(s), Box 4, Folder 62, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).