Logan & Lincoln to Henry Eddy, 23 June 18421Springfield, June 23. 1842Friend Eddy:
We are not apprized whether the process has been served, as yet, on Dr Baker— It has not been returned, and we think you had better write us whether to have an alias issued—3
The other questions, your attention will be drawn to by the enclosed letter— Please write to Mr Biggs and to us to on any point that suggests itself to you as proper— Nothing new here—Your friendsLogan & Lincoln
<Page 2>SPRINGFIELD Il[Illinois]
JUN[June] 24Henry Eddy Esqr[Esquire]ShawneetownIllinois
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. He also authored the address on the back page, which was folded to create an envelope.
2The letter from Biggs to Logan & Lincoln has not been located. The case to which this letter refers has not been identified. No other legal cases involving Biggs have been identified in Lincoln’s law practice. However, at least two other times in the 1830s and 1840s, Lincoln handled appeals to the Illinois Supreme Court for clients of Eddy’s in southern Illinois. This may be a similar situation.
Biggs v. Baker, Field et al. v. Rawlings, Gatewood & Co. v. McGehee, 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.
3In this context, “alias” refers to a writ that the court had issued once before, but which failed to accomplish its purpose, and is issued a second time.
“Alias,” Reference: Glossary, 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/Reference.aspx?ref=Reference html files/Glossary.html.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)