Certificate of Survey for Russell Godbey, 14 January 18341^1834
Surveyed for Russell Godby— the West half of the North East quarter of Section 30 in Township 19 North of Range 6 West Begining at a White oak 12 inches in diameter bearing N[North] 34 E[East]. 84 Links a White oak 10 inches S[South] 58 W.[West] 98 Links— Thence South 40 chains to a White oak 12 inches N 73 E. 20 Links Thence East 20 chains to a Black oak 12 inches S 54 W. 16 Links— Thence North 40 chains to a Post & mound. Thence West 20 chains to the begining2
ChainmanJ. Calhoun S[Surveyor] S C
By A. Lincoln
Russel Godbey presented this receipt on the 17th day of August 18874, and which I present to my good friend ^Jesse W. Weik^ this 20th day of August 18875W. H. Herndon
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the entirety of this document, including Calhoun's signature. In 1887, William H. Herndon wrote and signed the endorsement on page two.
2This land contained eighty acres in the northern section of Sangamon County, Illinois, which became a part Menard County in 1839.
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/Reference.aspx?ref=Reference html files/LandMeasurement.html.
3This chainman may have been Archelaus Demmon, who lived in Menard County, Illinois, and whom Lincoln assisted with a legal question in 1837.
Lincoln conducted legal research for Demmon, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=141185.
Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Volume Volume 2, Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana, Library of Congress (Washington, DC)