George Power to Abraham Moore, 6 August 18441Springfield, Illinois– August 6. 1844.Mr Abraham Moore:Dear Sir:
The judgement you obtained against me here, although I have fully paid it to your attorney MrLamborn, still stands on the Record unsatisfied–2 You will readily perceive that I can not but desire, to have it entered satisfied– Standing as it does, it appears to the world to be a lien or incumbrance on all my real property– This is always unpleasant, and may when oral testimony passes away, give me real difficulty– Lamborn was here of a few days since, and refused to enter satisfaction of the judgement. I write this to request you to authorize some attorney here, say Stephen T. Logan, or Abraham Lincoln, to enter satisfaction of the judgement– This, you know, will be nothing but justice; and is only, as I am advised, what I could have done by the court, if I can not get it done easier–Yours &C.[etc.]George Power.
<Page 2>Mr Abraham MooreMillersburgBourbon co.Kentucky
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the letter and signed Power’s name. Lincoln also authored the address on the back page, which was folded to create an envelope.
2Power and two other men had given Moore a promissory note, and in November 1841 Moore had sued them when they failed to pay. At the trial, Power admitted the debt, the Sangamon County Circuit Court awarded Moore $1,134.48, and Power paid the judgment.
Moore v. Power et al., 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=139952.
Handwritten Letter Signed with a Representation, 2 page(s), Meisei University (Tokyo, Japan)