Report of Arbitration Award in Dispute between David Spear and Isaac P. Spear, 6 December 18511
W[e] Stephen T. Logan and Abraham Lincoln, to whom a certain matter in dispute between David Spear and Isaac P. Spear was this day, in writing, submitted for our decision and award, having heard and considered the allegations and proofs of the parties, so far as the same were offered, do award that, to entitle the said Isaac P. Spear, to a conveyance of the land mentioned in the said submission, and particularly described in a written obligation of the said David to the said Isaac P. of date May 22nd 1840, he is to pay to the said David Spear, six thousand five hundred and fiftyseven dollars and thirtyeight cents, less by the sum of three thousand five hundred and two dollars, and seventyeight cents, the value of the said Isaac P. Spear's half of a stock of goods lately transfered to the said David Spear, and leaving now to be paid to the said David, by the Isaac P. the nett sum of three thousand and fiftyfour dollars and thirtyeight ^sixty^ cents– Given under our hands and seals this 6th day of December 18512Stephen T Logan
seal Abraham Lincoln
Award by Logan & Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote all of this document except the last sentence and signed his name. Stephen T. Logan wrote the last sentence and signed his name. Logan also deleted the word “thirtyeight” and substituted the word “sixty.”
2David and Isaac P. Spear had entered into a partnership to open a mercantile establishment in Springfield, Illinois in September 1845. They dissolved their partnership in August 1851. David purchased Isaac’s interest and continued the business on his own.
Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 25 September 1845, 2:5; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 1 August 1851, 3:2; Logan & Lincoln mediated dispute between Spear & Spear, 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=141307.
Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Private Collection, Frank Williams, Hope, RI.