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Abraham Lincoln to Horatio M. Vandeveer, 28 April 18441
Friend Vandaveer:
On the other half of this sheet is a little Bill for a Divorce– I wish you would fill the blank in the proper place, with Taylor's christian name, file the Bill, and issue the subpoena in chancery for the woman immediately–2
Yours as everA. Lincoln
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SPRINGFIELD Ill.[Illinois]
MAY [3?]
Clerk of the Circuit court of Christian co.TaylorvilleIllinois–
[docketing]
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1Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. He also wrote the address on the back page, which was folded to create an envelope for mailing. The letter also enclosed a Bill for Divorce. The original documents have not been located.
Wilson v. Wilson, 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=136928.
2Andrew J. Wilson had retained Logan & Lincoln to sue his wife, Susan Wilson, for divorce, on the grounds that she had committed adultery with Edward Taylor. The bill for divorce, authored by Lincoln and enclosed within this letter, was filed in the Christian County Circuit Court on May 3, 1844. The court dismissed the case after Wilson failed to provide security for the court costs.
Wilson v. Wilson, 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=136928.

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)