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Thomas Moffett to Abraham Lincoln, 10 November 18461
Mr Lincoln
Gattons Note against Bridges was filed Decr[December] 2nd 1844 and The first ^& only^ Pro rata made April 6th 18462
Thomas Moffett Pro J P[Probate Justice of the Peace]–P S. It has never been the Practise of this Probate Court to make any entry in the nature of a judgment, except it be upon a Settlement generally. and then an order is made upon the Admr[administrator] or Exr[executor] to pay the whole claim of the claims Allowed or if not Sufficient Assetts to pay all then an Order to pay Them Pro Rata as stated in the Settlement then made– of all claims then Proper to be taken into Such Settlement giving the Proper Priference, to 1st 2nd & 3nd class claims.Thomas Moffett Pro J P
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^^ 1. Bill —& Proceedings in other
case at July T.[Term] 1845
^^ 2 Wits[Writs]
^^ 3 B I 255
^^ 4 Answer & Exhibits
^^ 5 Decree B. I 304–5
^^ 6 ConB. I 336
^^ 7 Ord app Rep B I 395
8 Report. ^— — — —^
1Thomas Moffett wrote and signed the letter.
2After James Bridges’ death, Charles Gatton retained Lincoln & Herndon and requested that the estate pay him first for interest he claimed in one tract of land. The court ordered the administrator to sell the land and pay Gatton.
Lockridge v. Bridges et al., 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),
3The editors could not determine what the above abbreviations were meant to designate.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).