Promissory Note of Lincoln & Berry to Knapp & Pogue, 14 May 18331
$5236/100New Salem 14th may 1833
one Day after Date I Promise to pay to the order of Knapp & Pogue the sum of fifty too Dollars 36/100. for value Recd[received] of [them?] at the Rate of twelve percent intrust from Date untill finel paymt[payment]Lincoln &. Berry2
|52 36||3 67|
|5 50||52.36||intrust||$56 03|
Lincoln & Berrey note $5236/100Beardstown 3rd December 1833
pay to Wm watkins or order the within amountKnapp & Pogue
1Abraham Lincoln signed “Lincoln & Berry” to this note. The remainder of the document is in the handwriting of several other people.
2Knapp & Pogue signed over this promissory note to William Watkins. When Lincoln & Berry failed to pay, Watkins sued in the Justice of the Peace Court. The JP court ruled for Watkins and awarded $53. Lincoln appealed the judgment to the Sangamon County Circuit Court, which ruled for Watkins and awarded $57.86 (the amount of the debt plus interest). Lincoln’s surveying equipment was auctioned off to settle the debt.
Watkins v. Lincoln & Berry, 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=140676; Watkins v. Lincoln & Berry, 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=140677; Harry E. Pratt, The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1943), 13.
Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)