Assignment of Franklin T. King to William Butler and Thomas Moffett, 27 April 18421
Whereas William Butler and Thomas Moffe[tt] are my sureties in a certain promissory note for the sum of three hundred dollars, with twelve percent interest from date until paid payable to P. C. Latham three weeks after date, and bearing date Sept[September] 23 1839, to which note Joseph Torry & Co are principals, and of which firm I am a member, and have assumed to pay said note—2 Now therefore to secure said Butler and ^Moffett^ from paying said note or any part thereof I transfer all book accounts due to me to them; and for the same purpose I assign to the [?] [the?] [notes?] of which the following is a list, towit:3
John [Harmon?] $25—00
John M Smith 7.18
Philip Dicken 3—62
Jacob Knotts 5—00
Charles Wood 10—00
William Davis 10—00
Charles Dougherty4 Ballance 22—00
Richard Hodge . . .
William Davis5 [1.09?]
John Busher 6—00
John Grove 4—25
James Dorrell Ballance 1—13
[Tolipher?] . . . 1—63
James L. Hill Ballance 3.42
William McCormick— 1.00
Abram Crowder 3—00
Thomas Rudder 3—50
John B. Allen 2:75
Arnold Stevens 2.00
E. G. Johns 16—75
William . . . Ballance 15—00
Alexander Matthews 2—25
William Stake 6.00
Armistead N Hesser 4.00
John H. Davis 4—50
A. S. Harman 19 . . .
Patrick O’Neal . . .
Reuben Daniels . . .

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John Green $3 63
William B. Powell 3 486
George Wood 6—00
William H. Dooley 4—50
Elijah Meis Misner 14—76
John G. Paine 8.00
R. F. Cofflin 11.27
C. Radford 8 57
Sullivan Conant 9 50
H Litton 11.79
C. M Polk 2—25.
J. W. Chenoweth 37—20
F. S. Barker 3—34
N. M Rickard 4.00
H. H. Hall 4—00
Moses Pierson 33—13
A. A. Durham 64.07
John M. Neele 10—87
C. M. Ransdell 3—75
Hiram Alexander 1—56
William M. . .ill 3.82
. . . . . .100
. . . 33.06
Henry Mock 7—00
E. R. Wiley Ballance 14 11—00
John. Greabeal 5—00
B. Lockely 7—127
William Ham 3—00
Z H. Brewster 4—75
James H. Mas
Thomas Harst 12—75
John S. Dulin 5—00
Barnet Carlon 3—00
Wm B. Brown 2—72
A. Burnett 4.75
Nicholas Jones 14—45
C. F. Hughes 13—00
Abraham Lindsay 2 00
Christian Poffenbarger Ballance 12—10
T W. Byington Ballance 10—62
James A. Clark 3—12
William Craig 68.64
. . . Davis 2—06
. . . H. . . . 10 2[8]
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George Stringer $6.63—
Which accounts are and for the same purpose I transfer to said Moffett and Butler, a judge[ment] in the Sangamon circuit court in favour of said Joseph Torry & Co against Folsom Dorset, for the sum of $636.21 cents rendered Nov. 17. 1841— Said accounts notes, and judgement, are to be in the custody and control of Turner R. King as the mutual agent of the parties, who is to collect the money due thereon as fast as possible, and apply the same to the pay[m]ent of the note first, mentioned, and to return the overplus if any to me—
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand this 27th day of April 1842
F. T. King
By T [R. King]
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the document. Turner R. King signed his and Franklin T. King’s signatures.
2King and Joseph Torrey were partners in Joseph Torrey and Co., which dissolved by October 1840, when King withdrew from the partnership. In 1842, Torrey retained Logan & Lincoln and petitioned for bankruptcy. This document was prepared as part of the bankruptcy, in order to transfer seventy-three debts that were due the company to their sureties, Butler and Moffett.
Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 2 October 1840, 3:2; In re Torrey, 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),
3Presumably, the debtors on this list lived in central Illinois. Only individuals who can be positively identified received hyperlinks and biographies.
4This may be Charles Dougherty Sr. or to his son, Charles Dougherty Jr.. Both lived in Sangamon County.
5This may or may not be a different William Davis from the one above.
6“3 42” changed to “3 48”.
7“7—02” changed to “7—12”.

Handwritten Document Signed, 3 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).