Thomas Clements to Logan & Lincoln, 19 March 18451
Logan & LincolnDear Sir^s^
Please pay to James Burtle out of the proceeds of a Judgment obtained by me against Thomas John C Cloyd, the amount of his account against me and this shall be your sufficient warrant2
Thos Clements

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03/19/1845Logan & Lincoln
We accept the within, on condition that Burtle's account is not to exceed ten dollars, and agree to pay accordingly; when the amount of the judgement comes to our hands–3
Logan & Lincoln
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Logan & Lincoln
The Clerk will please pay Mr Burtle Ten Dollars out of the judgment Clements vs Cloyd & take in and file this order–4
Logan & Lincoln
1Thomas Clements wrote and signed the letter. Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed both endorsements.
2In July 1844, Clements hired Logan & Lincoln to sue his son-in-law Cloyd in order to regain some lost property. A jury found for Clements and awarded him $24.88 in damages. Clements’ letter, or “sufficient warrant,” granted his lawyers authority to assign his court judgment to a third party.
Clements v. Cloyd, 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),; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 206.
3Out of the $24.88 court judgment for Clements, Logan & Lincoln likely took $14.88 for their legal fee, leaving $10 for Clements to assign to his debt to Burtle.
4Since Logan & Lincoln asked the clerk of the Sangamon County Circuit Court to pay the $10 to Burtle, Clements may have lost a legal judgment to him.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).