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Affidavit of George U. Miles and James P. McCoy in Miles & McCoy v. Miles, 18 January 18421
State of Illinois }
Menard County
George U. Miles, and James P McCoy, trading under the style and firm name of Miles & McCoy, and plaintiffs in a certain suit now pending in the Circuit Court of the County aforesaid, which was taken into said court by appeal from one of the Justices of the Peace of said county, and in which Daniel Miles2 is defendant, being first duly sworn, state upon oath, each for himself, that any instrument of writing purporting to be a receipt, or acknowledgement of payment, and purporting to have been made and executed by them to and in favour of said defendant, never was executed by them, said affiants, or either of them, excepting a certain receipt purporting to be given by said affiants to said defendant for the in full of all accounts up to its dat ^for the amount of his account in full of all demands up to the date thereof,^ bearing date the Sixth day of Sept[September] A.D. 1841 and being in full up to that date, which was given by Thomas S. Laird, as affiant’s agent, and which they admit is genuine.
G. U. MilesJ P McCoy
Taken and subscribed before me this 18th day of January A.D. 1842
Nathan Dresser clerk circuit court Menard Co.3

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vs affidavit
Danl Miles
Filed June 15th 1842
N. Dresser Clk
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the affidavit, aside from an interlineation and the filled-in blanks, which were written by Nathan Dresser. Lincoln also wrote the first instance of docketing on the second page. George U. Miles and James P. McCoy signed their own names.
2Daniel Miles could not be identified.
3Dresser wrote and signed this certification.

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