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Court Order Certifying William H. Herndon as of Good Moral Character, [27 November 1844]1
On Motion
It is Ordered by the court that it to be certified that William H. Herndon is of good moral character–2
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the motion. The court clerk entered the order on the docket book of the Sangamon County Circuit Court on November 27, 1844.
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=141254
2Aspiring lawyers were required to obtain a certification of their good moral character.
“An Act concerning Attorneys and Counselors at Law,” 1 March 1833, Revised Laws of Illinois (1833), 99-102; Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=141254.

Handwritten Document, 1 page(s), Meisei University (Tokyo, Japan)