Assignment of Judgment against Francis Regnier, 24 October 18451
For and in consideration of the sum of twenty five dollars received of Francis Regnier, I do hereby transfer and release to said Regnier all my right, title and interest in and to a judgment obtained in the Morgan circuit court in the year 1844 in favor of Eliza S. Cabbott (since married toTorry) against said Regnier it being my individual interest in and believed to be one eighth part of said judgment, be the same more or less–2 Witness my hand this 24th day of October 1845; as one of the attornies, of the [plaintiff.?]A. Lincoln
2Lincoln was one of four attorneys who represented Eliza S. Cabot in a slander suit against Francis Regnier. A jury had awarded her $1,600 for Regnier’s assault on her character when he accused her of engaging in sex outside of marriage. Regnier appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court, which affirmed the verdict and the damages.
Regnier v. Cabot & 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), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org.
Copy of Autograph Document Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)