Lincoln writes two letters on care of "this boy," identified by G. A. Tracy as Gilbert J. Greene, bound for northern Illinois in January. Lincoln writes to "Mr. Wilson," Globe Tavern proprietor: "Take care of this boy until to-morrow, or longer if the weather is bad, and send the bill to me." He also writes to "Mr. Wallace" at Peoria: "This boy wants to reach the Rock River country somewhere near Beloit. If he needs any assistance so you can help him in any way, it will be appreciated, and I will be responsible." CW, II, 96.
JANUARY 2. Springfield. [ "A. Lincoln, Esq., is spoken of as likely to succeed Hon. J. Butterfield, as Commissioner of the General Land Office." Illinois Journal.]
JANUARY 6. Illinois legislature convenes. In letter to William Martin Feb. 19, Lincoln says: "The Legislature having got out of the way, I at last find time to attend to the business you left with me." CW, II, 98. From this it appears that when not busy in court, he was following activities of legislature.
JANUARY 7. Whitcraft et al. v. Vandeveer, appealed from Christian Circuit Court, is tried by E. B. Herndon for plaintiffs and Lincoln for defendant. Case is action in debt to recover for cutting trees. Record.
JANUARY 8. Lincoln collects $25 from auditor, fee in full for legal services to state in Compher et al. v. People. Warrant #4746, Auditor's office.
JANUARY 9. In Whitcraft v. Vandeveer, Supreme Court decides that since declaration does not allege that trees were cut vi et armis and without owner's consent, case is not within meaning of statute. Verdict of Christian Circuit Court is reversed and case remanded. Record; 12Ill., 235.
JANUARY 10. Lincoln receives letter from Harriett Hanks, daughter of his cousin Dennis Hanks. She informs him that his father is very ill and will probably not recover. CW, II, 96.
JANUARY 11. Logan for plaintiff and Lincoln for defendant try Linton v. Anglin before Supreme Court. Anglin filed plea in abatement in Clark Circuit Court on ground that process issued in Clark was served on him in Coles County, where he was not resident. Plaintiff demurred, court over- ruled demurrer and Linton appealed. Court overrules Circuit Court and remands case. Record.
JANUARY 12. Lincoln writes to John D. Johnston, his stepbrother, explaining his inability to visit his father. "My business is such that I could hardly