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Thursday, September 5, 1839.+-

Pittsfield, IL.

Lincoln participates in two cases in the Pike County Circuit Court. In the debt case of Hall v. Smith, Lincoln writes the affidavit of his client, defendant Amasa Smith. Smith asserts that his son William E. Smith can verify that Amasa delivered lumber worth $125.50 to plaintiff Thomas L. Hall, thereby repaying his debt. Amasa Smith states that his son resides in Ohio, and therefore would be unable to appear as Amasa's "material witness" until the court's next term. In the case of People v. Edwards, Lincoln writes the affidavit of defendant William W. Edwards. Edwards claims that a person on the jury that found him guilty of resisting an officer is not a U. S. citizen. Edwards also states that he has asked the court to "arrest" the "judgment" against him. Affidavit of Amasa Smith, 5 September 1839, Hall v. Smith, Private Collection; Affidavit of William W. Edwards (copy), 5 September 1839, People v. Edwards, copy files, IHi, Springfield, IL.