Account of James Odham to James Rutledge, 12 January 18331
1830 & 1831 } Boarding and horse feed while carrying the Mail one year— $27—00
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I James Rutledge do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God that the above accoumpt is Just and true to the best of ^my^ knowledge
James Rutledge
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Sworn to and Subscribed before me in
January 12, 1833
Bowling Green JPLS[Justice of the Peace Legal Seal]

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James Adams Esq[Esquire]
Judge of probate
Sangamon Cty
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the body of the document, aside from Rutledge’s signature. Lincoln also wrote Bowling Green’s endorsement; Green wrote the dateline and his own signature.
2Lincoln was known to write various documents for his friends and neighbors while he lived in New Salem. This account was likely related to the time when Rutledge turned his home into a tavern for boarders.
Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln’s New Salem (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1934), 7, 12.

Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), Meisei University (Tokyo, Japan).