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09-03-2008, 08:54 AM
Long-Lost Lincoln Document Found In Park Archives

The editors of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases visited Morristown National Historic Park in February to scan several manuscripts from the Lloyd W. Smith archival collection that were related to Lincoln. Much to their astonishment, one of the manuscripts proved to be a long-lost document relating to a debt case Lincoln participated in as an attorney. The case, Kelly v. Wells and Wells, involved archaic systems of credit used in rural, mid-19th century America. In the park's manuscript, Lincoln is responding to the charge leveled by the plaintiff, Kelly. Kelly's charge is well known, as that manuscript was never lost. The defendant's side of the case presented by Lincoln was never known, until now.


The above was taken from the September 2008 issue of Heritage News, a monthly e-newsletter published by the National Park Service.