Receipt of Abraham Lincoln to Josiah N. Francis, 12 June 18411June 12th 1841—
This may certify that I have this day received of Josiah Francis four notes, hereafter described, upon the following conditions that I am to keep them forty days unless the makers or any of them call and pay, and at the end of that time or any time afterwards am to return them or so many of them as remain unpaid, when said Francis may demand them of me at my office; and any money I may receive upon said notes is to be applied to one or the other or both of two judgements in the Sangamon Circuit obtained against sd[said] Francis in one case & against him and others in the other, by Stuart before Thomas Moffett a Justice of the Peace of Sangamon county— The constable who has the executions in those cases, if they will expire before the said forty days, may return them and take out new, & if they will not so expire, he may suspend acting upon them for that length of time—
The notes are as follows—2
|1 on Wesley Eads for.||$73.58|
|1 on William Boyd for.||34.06|
|1 on William Ramsay for.||20.00|
|1 on Bondurant & Primm3 for.||12.37||—|
All responsibility of A. Lincoln on this receipt is discharged, by receipt & application of moneys & by return of notes—Nov. 17. 1845Josiah Francis
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the document and signed his name. Josiah Francis wrote the endorsements on page two. The original of this document has not been located.
2On July 24, 1841, Lincoln received $73.00 in payment on Eads’ note.
Receipt, 24 July 1841, in “Lincoln Collected Debts for Francis,” 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=141297.
Copy of Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)