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Bogue, Vincent A.

In January 1832, Bogue, a Springfield merchant, chartered the steamboat Talisman in Cincinnati to ship mercantile goods to Springfield. He was interested in the navigational possibilities of the Sangamon River, and he hired men including Abraham Lincoln to pilot the boat to his mill seven miles from Springfield. It arrived in March, but Bogue's speculative ventures failed and he fled his creditors by leaving the county. In April 1833, some of the assets he left behind, particularly land and his saw mill, were sold to pay creditors.

Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln’s New Salem (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1934), 51-53, 70; Sangamo Journal, 6 April 1833, 4:1.