Abraham Lincoln Document
Date: 1841
Accession Number: 991012D
Donor: Max Ehrmann
Description: One envelope in a flat storage box

Donor Information

This document was donated to the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library (Vigo County Public Library) in 1915 by local author and attorney Max Ehrmann. Ehrmann was given the document in 1904 by Jesse W. Weik, an attorney from Greencastle, Indiana. Weik received the document from William H. Herndon, a former law partner of Abraham Lincoln. Herndon and Weik worked together on a biography of Lincoln. Information regarding the provenance of this document is in the Max Ehrmann donor file in Archives.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains a praecipe written by Abraham Lincoln and filed in the circuit court of Sangamon County, Illinois, July 16, 1841. At the time, Lincoln was an attorney and partner with Stephen T. Logan in Illinois. A transcript of this document is filed with the collection inventory and is available online through the Community Archives webpage.

The original document had been framed and hung in the library in 1915. The frame has been removed and the document is now preserved in the Community Archives. The top of the document has been glued to a letter by Jesse W. Weik indicating that the Lincoln praecipe is a gift to Max Ehrmann. A printed portrait of an unidentified man was found behind the framed document and is stored with the collection.