Petition of James Wright to the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court, [March 1838]1
James Wright hereby applies to the county commissioners, court of Sangamon county for a Writ of ad quod damnum2 to erect a mill dam on Brush creek on the South West quarter of Section number 18. Township 14 North of Range 4 West and the South East quarter of Section 13 in Township 14 North of Range 5 West, or either of them3
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text of the petition in its entirety.
2To assess what damage a specific act, if done, would tend to have to other people's interests.
Henry C. Black, Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West, 1990), 50.
3Area located southeast of Springfield on the border of Ball and Cotton Hill townships.
Wright gave Stuart & Lincoln a letter of credit for $5 drawn on Robert Allen for their legal services in drawing up this petition.
Check of James Wright to Stuart & Lincoln; Lincoln wrote petition for Wright, 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=141198; “Counties, Townships, and Ranges in Illinois,” Maps, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Reference.aspx?ref=Reference html files/LandMeasurement.html.

Handwritten Document, 1 page(s), Box 1, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)