Mortgage of Ritta Angelica da Silva to Abraham Lincoln, 11 August 18541
This Indenture made this eleventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and fiftyfour, by and between Ritta D. Sylva, of the City of Springfield, County of Sangamon, and State of Illinois, of the one part; and Abraham Lincoln, of the City, County and State aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth:
That the said Ritta D. Sylva, for, and in consideration of, the sum of one hundred and twentyfive dollars, to her in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, has granted, bargained, and sold; and by these presents does grant, bargain and sell unto the said Abraham Lincoln, his heirs and assigns forever, the following described lot of ground, towit: Lot Five, in Block Six, in Wells & Peck’s addition to the late town, now City, of Springfield, Illinois–2
To have and to hold to the said Abraham Lincoln, his heirs and assigns forever, the above described lot of ground, together with all and singular the previleges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or to belong–
Yet upon condition that whereas the said Ritta D. Sylva has executed her promissory note of even date herewith, for the sum of one hundred and twentyfive dollars, with interest at the rate of ten per cent per annum, payable to the said Abraham Lincoln, Four year after date— interest payable annually– Now, if said note shall be paid according to it’s tenor and effect, the above conveyance is to be null and void; otherwise to remain in full force and effect–3
In testimony whereof the said Ritta D. Sylva, has hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year above written–Ritta Angelica da Silva
State of Illinois
Before me the undersigned Clerk of the County Court for said County personally appeared Ritta Angelica Da Silva who is personally Known to me to be the identical person by whom and in whose name the foregoing and its mortgage is subscribed and by whom and in whose name the same is proposed to be acknowledged the reputation of the same to be her free and voluntary act and deed for the aim and purposes therein recorded
Given under my hand and seal of office at Springfield this 11th day of August AD 1854N W Matheny Ck[Clerk]6
2Thomas Wells and Miles Peck platted eighteen additional blocks to Springfield in 1836.
Christopher Stratton, Robert Rothman, and Floyd Mansberger, The Architectural Resources of the Enos Park Neighborhood Springfield, Illinois (Springfield: Historic Sites Commission, 2005), 37.
3Da Silva completed the payments and Lincoln provided her with a receipt for $125 on November 25, 1858.
Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), Taper Collection, Lincoln Presidential Foundation (Springfield, IL).