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Account in Elmore v. Bale, [November 1841]1
To Jacob Bale Dr2
1841– To failure to cultivate ten acres of land according to contract– $20–00
March– Cash to West 1–00
" Work done by James Thomas. 1–50
" 18 bushels of oats. @ 20 cents. 3–60
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[docketing]
11/10/1841
J. Bale’s a/c[account ] addendum
Filed Nov. 10 1841
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the document.
2From the Latin word “debere,” meaning to debit.
3In October 1841, Johnson Elmore sued Jacob Bale in the Menard County Justice of the Peace Court to collect a $97 debt. Bale did not dispute the amount, but claimed that Elmore owed him for farm labor. The justice of the peace ruled for Elmore and awarded him $8.58. Bale retained Abraham Lincoln and appealed the judgment to the Menard County Circuit Court, where he claimed Elmore owed him $124.70. The circuit court ruled for Bale, awarding him $27.80.
Order (doc ID 10476), 10 November 1841, Elmore v. Bale, 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=135104.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC)