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1858 Abraham Lincoln Written Document Fragment With COA

1858 Abraham Lincoln Written Document Fragment With COA

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"UNFINISHED BUSINESS of ABRAHAM LINCOLN"  In the Circuit Court of Vermilion County - April Term. PASS-CO certified, pass No. GC12382, measures 3 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches.  When the Illinois General Assembly created Vermilion County in 1826, they placed its circuit court in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and stipulated that it meet on the fourth Monday in May and November. In 1827, it was placed in the Fourth Judicial Circuit; in 1844, it was moved to the Eighth Judicial Circuit, where it stayed until 1861, at which point it was placed in the Twenty-Seventh Circuit. Abraham Lincoln as a lawyer tried over 100 cases in the Vermilion County Circuit Court.  Jury found Lincoln's client liable for slander.  He also left several unfinished cases in 1858 to handle a murder case.  This was one of them!






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