Promissory Note of William F. Berry, Abraham Lincoln and William Green to Reuben Radford, 19 October 18331
One day after date we or either of us promise to pay Reuben Radford Three hundred and Seventynine dollars and Eightytwo cents for value received as witness our hands and seals this—19 of Octr 18332W. F. Berry
seal A. Lincoln
seal William Green
Recd.[Received] on the within Note one hundred and twenty five dollars this the 19 day of October 1833.R Radford
2Berry, Lincoln, and Green purchased a grocery store on credit from Radford. Green later sold his interest in the store. The subsequent failure of Lincoln & Berry to repay the Radford debt became the basis of Vanbergen v. Lincoln.
Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln Written for John L. Scripps; Vanbergen v. 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), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=140678.
Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Taper Collection, Lincoln Presidential Foundation (Springfield, IL).