Anderson, Lamoureux & Company to Herndon & Lincoln, 23 July 18581St Louis July 23d 1858Mess[Messieurs] Lincoln & HerndenSpringfield
did you obtain judgment on our claims against G C Robinson— at the late term of the US D S Court, if So please let us know immediately and how the case Stands at present, & what we have to do in the premises to prosecute the claim to Successfully to completion & your immediate attention to the above will much oblige2Anderson Lamoureux & Co
By A. F. Pope
2Abraham Lincoln had filed a declaration in the case of Anderson, Lamoureux & Co. v. Robinson in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of Illinois on May 26, 1858. Lincoln & Herndon had been retained by the St. Louis firm of Anderson, Lamoureux & Company to sue Greenleaf C. Robinson in an act of assumpsit related to six promissory notes totaling $2,875.50 which Robinson had failed to pay. The declaration filed by Lincoln sought $4,000 in damages. Robinson protested that he had paid $450 and the firm entered a nolle prosequi for one of the notes. The court ruled in favor of Anderson, Lamoureux & Co. on June 23, 1858, and awarded them $2,665.39, of which Robinson paid $2,500. The plaintiffs revived the case in 1866 in an effort to obtain the remainder of the amount due to them, but ultimately dismissed the proceedings.
No response to this letter from Lincoln & Herndon to this letter has been located, nor has any further correspondence by Lincoln & Herndon regarding the case. U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois Iram Nye wrote Lincoln & Herndon two letters regarding the case in the spring of 1859.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 26 May 1858, https://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1858-05-26; 23 June 1858, https://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1858-06-23; Declaration, Document ID: 63131; Judgment Docket, Document ID: 63135; Affidavit, Document ID: 129270; Letter, Document ID: 121087; Letter, Document ID: 121088, Anderson, Lamoureux & Co. v. Robinson, 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), https://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137505.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).