Narratio in Cannan v. Kenney, 29 May 18391
|State of Illinois||}||Of this July term of the|
|Sangamon county &||Circuit Court for said|
|Circuit—||County in the year 1839—|
Manly F. Cannan, plaintiff, complains of Matthew P. Kenney ^defendant^ being in custody &c[etc] of a plea of Trespass:2 For that the said defendant on day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and thirtyseven, at the county and Circuit aforesaid, with force and arms seized, took, and carried away of him the said plaintiff one sorrel horse of great value, to wit of the value of one hundred dollars, then and there found and being, and converted and disposed of the same to his own use, and other wrongs to the said plaintiff then and there did, against the peace and dignity of the People of the state of Illinois, and to the damage of the said plaintiff of one hundred dollars and therefore he sues &c.3Stuart & Lincoln pq
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the narratio and case title on page three. William Butler penned the filing docketing on page three.
In The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition (LPAL), this document is listed as being located at the Beineke Library at Yale University, but the editors do not have images from Yale. LPAL could be in error, or it is possible that Yale had it but does not have it any more, they failed to scanned it for us, or the editors never saw it when they visited Beineke.
2See “Trespass,” 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.
3Lincoln represented Kenney in his lawsuit against Cannan to regain possession of his horse.
Cannan v. Kenney, 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=138449; Daniel W. Stowell et al., eds., The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008), 1:27-40.
4See “Narratio,” Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Reference.aspx?ref=Reference html files/Glossary.html.
Copy of Autograph Document Signed, 3 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).