Abraham Lincoln to Jonathan K. Cooper and Hugh W. Reynolds, 28 May 18571
Messrs[Messieurs] Cooper & ReynoldsGentlemen
Your letter of the 25th to G. W Lowry, has been handed me to answer–2 I brought the suit of Eshrick, Black & Co. vs Tobias Hittle & Co the clerk tells me the process has been served in time, and I suppose a judgment will be had at the ensuing June Term, unless the defendants appear and make a case for a continuance, of the probability of which last, I know nothing3
Yours trulyA. Lincoln

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A. Lincoln4
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Abram Lincoln
May 28/57
No. 985
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2The letter from Jonathan K. Cooper and Hugh W. Reynolds to George W. Lowry has not been located.
3Tobias, Hittle, & Company, the defendants in the case mentioned by Lincoln, had given a promissory note for $831.78 to Esherick, Black, & Company. When the former company failed to pay, the latter retained Lincoln and William H. Herndon and sued in the U.S. Circuit Court, Southern District of Illinois for $1,500 in damages. Tobias, Hittle & Co. failed to appear in court in June 1857 and the court ruled for Esherick, Black, & Co. and awarded $867.26.
Complete Record, Document ID: 64957, Eshrick, Black & Co. v. Tobias, Hittle & Co., 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=137617.
4An unknown person wrote this docketing.
5An unknown person wrote this docketing.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne, IN).