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Sunday, May 20, 1832.+-

En route up Rock River.

Army continues four miles and encamps on Rock River. Atkinson receives news of property destruction in La Salle County, and on Fox and Illinois rivers, where some men had been pursued by Indians but none killed. IHi—BHWC, J. B. Campbell and others to Atkinson, 19 May 1832; Atkinson to Gaines and Macomb, 23 May 1832; Letter Book; Johnston Journal; Elliott, Services of Illinois Soldiers, xvii.

Monday, May 20, 1839.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes bond for costs, which John Irwin signs, in Jacob Forsyth & Co. v. May & Truett (filed May 22, 1839).Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 20, 1840.+-

En route to Clinton, IL.

Thursday, May 20, 1841.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln's demurrer in Fithian v. Cunningham is argued and sustained by court; court finds for his client, who is ordered to be paid $504.97, plus interest ($2,050) and costs. Defendant, granted appeal to Supreme Court, files bond.Record.

Friday, May 20, 1842.+-

Danville, IL.

Lincoln attends court to watch the proceedings in the case of Frazier and Frazier v. Payne and Alexander. In the debt case of Fithian v. Walker, Lincoln represents plaintiff William Fithian. Lincoln and defendant Isaac P. Walker reach an agreement and file it with the court. The agreement requires Walker to pay Fithian $100 and the court costs but allows Walker six months to pay the remainder of his debt to Fithian. Neither Lincoln nor his client Ambrose D. Vanmeter appear when the court calls the case of Cast v. Vanmeter. The court rules in favor of the plaintiff and orders Vanmeter to pay the debt of $804, the court costs, and $87.10 in damages. H. W. Beckwith, History of Vermilion County (Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1879; reprint, Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1975), 614-15; Judgment, 20 May 1842, Fithian v. Walker, Circuit Court Record B, 355-56; Order, 20 May 1842, Cast v. Vanmeter, Circuit Court Record B, 357, both in Vermilion County Circuit Court, Vermilion County Courthouse, Danville, IL.

Saturday, May 20, 1843.+-

Springfield, IL.

[Col. R. M. Johnson, Vice-President 1837-1841, arrives in Springfield Friday evening. Following parade, reception is held in Representatives Hall. Democratic Association presents hickory cane. On Sunday he attends Methodist church in morning and Baptist church in afternoon.Register, 26 May 1843; IHi—Journal, XIII, 192-209.]

Monday, May 20, 1844.+-

Tremont, IL.

[Coles County Circuit Court convenes.]

Tuesday, May 20, 1845.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln buys nine yards calico for $1.69, two table cloths, $1.50, and $4.19 groceries.Irwin Ledger and Journal.

Lincoln & Herndon file summons in Hope v. Beebe & Taylor.Photocopy.

Thursday, May 20, 1847.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln buys for $200 two shares of Alton & Sangamon Railroad Co. stock. IHi—Original.

Saturday, May 20, 1848.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln votes aye on bill to purchase papers of James Madison. It passes 82-59.Journal.

In evening he receives copy of Belleville (Illinois) Advocate, containing what he considers "laboured justification of the administration on the origin of the Mexican war," by Rev. J. M. Peck. He assumes that Peck sent it.Abraham Lincoln to John M. Peck, 21 May 1848, CW, 1:472-73.

Monday, May 20, 1850.+-

Shelbyville, IL.

Shelby County Circuit Court begins its session. In Ex parte Milikin the jury finds John Milikin to be insane and appoints James Milikin his conservator. Lincoln writes the court decree and a $1,200 conservator's bond for James Milikin. The court continues two other cases. Record; Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Thursday, May 20, 1852.+-

Paris, IL.

In the Edgar County Circuit Court, Judge David Davis sets aside his order for a continuance from the previous day in the case of Sizemore v. Moke, Conservator of Sizemore. Judge Davis calls a jury to hear the testimony of the witnesses and the arguments in the case. Lincoln and Milton M. Dill successfully argue their case for plaintiff John Sizemore Sr. who is suing to recover $300 from George Moke. Moke serves as the conservator for Joshua Sizemore, John Sizemore Sr.'s mentally incompetent adult son. The jury awards Sizemore Sr. $260. Lincoln and Kirby Benedict represent plaintiff John Henderson in the case of Henderson v. Reed. Lincoln files an amended declaration for Henderson, who seeks payment for a "roan stallion" that he agreed to sell to defendant William Reed. Judge's Docket Entry, May 1852 term, Sizemore v. Moke, Conservator of Sizemore, Judge's Docket; Order, 20 May 1852, Sizemore v. Moke, Conservator of Sizemore, Order Book 3, 304, both in Edgar County Circuit Court, Edgar County Courthouse, Paris, IL; Amended Declaration, filed 20 May 1852, Henderson v. Reed, Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Friday, May 20, 1853.+-

Clinton, IL.

Lincoln and Clifton H. Moore represent the defendants in the De Witt County Circuit Court case of McCarrell v. Campbell et al. Plaintiff Andrew McCarrell claims that on May 9, 1852, defendants Charles Campbell, Greenberry Campbell, William Campbell, and Robert Crawford, "with great force and violence" beat and kicked McCarrell leaving him "greatly hurt, bruised and wounded." McCarrell's injuries "hindered and prevented [him] from performing and transacting his necessary affairs." McCarrell seeks $3,000, in damages. A jury finds the defendants guilty and it awards McCarrell $50. Declaration, filed 9 April 1853, McCarrell v. Campbell et al.; Order, 20 May 1853, McCarrell v. Campbell et al., Chancery Record 1A, 493; Jury Verdict, filed 20 May 1853, McCarrell v. Campbell et al., all in De Witt County Circuit Court, De Witt County Courthouse, Clinton, IL.

In Titus E. Sawyer & Co. v. Hayworth et al., agreed judgment for $117.82 is entered for plaintiff, their client. Case is action in assumpsit. Record.

Saturday, May 20, 1854.+-

Clinton, IL.

Lincoln writes William Hutchins' answer in Hutchin et al. v. Hutchin & Hutchin, and part of court decree. Photocopy.

Tuesday, May 20, 1856.+-

Urbana, IL.

In the Champaign County Circuit Court case of Spink v. Chiniquy, Lincoln is one of the attorneys representing Charles Chiniquy, a Catholic priest whom plaintiff Peter Spink is suing for slander. Spink alleges that Chiniquy called him a perjurer, thus damaging Spink's reputation "amongst all his neighbors & other worthy citizens." Spink seeks $10,000, in damages. Amended Declaration, May 1855 Term Spink v. Chiniquy, IHi, Springfield, IL; Urbana Union (IL), 29 May 1856, 3:1.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys hat ($1), ribbon, elastic, and pair "small Congress Garters" at John Williams' store. Pratt, Personal Finances, 148.]

Wednesday, May 20, 1857.+-

Springfield, IL.

Mrs. Lincoln returns buff linen and buys 36 yards of "Cotton Damask," and another yard of bobbinet. Pratt, Personal Finances, 148.

Thursday, May 20, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln, representing plaintiff, files replication in Macready v. Alton, Illinois in U.S. Circuit Court. (He filed declaration April 17, 1858.) Files.

He writes opinion concerning right to planks taken from land owned by W. B. Warren. Opinion Written for William B. Warren, 20 May 1858, CW, 2:454.

Friday, May 20, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL.

Robert buys candles at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 157.

Sunday, May 20, 1860.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln sits for two photographs. Frederick H. Meserve, The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln (New York: privately printed, 1911), 53.

Monday, May 20, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President decides to accept 14 additional regiments from New York City. Baltimore Sun, 21 May 1861.

Writes Gov. Morgan (N.Y.) to explain conditions surrounding movement of New York troops. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin D. Morgan, 20 May 1861, CW, 4:375-76.

Interviews Colonel Julian Allen and Major H. Kalusowski, delegates from "Pulaski's Legion," a Polish Battalion of New York, regarding muster in Washington of volunteer Polish regiment from all states. Consults with Gens. Robert Patterson and Scott on military plans. National Republican (Washington, DC), 21 May 1861, 2:2; New York Times, 21 May 1861; Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, 20 May 1861, CW, 4:374.

John G. Nicolay, private secretary to President, returns from official trip to Fortress Monroe, Va. Nicolay to Bates, 21 May 1861, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[Mrs. Lincoln returns to New York City from visit with Robert in Cambridge, Mass. Baltimore Sun, 20 May 1861.

Tuesday, May 20, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

At Washington DC's navy yard, President Lincoln and "other distinguished public men" observe a demonstration "to test the capability of the description of iron armor adopted by our Navy Department to resist shot." A newspaper reports that the "experiments . . . proved perfectly satisfactory." Evening Star (Washington, DC), 21 May 1862, 2d ed., 3:5.

Says he will not relieve Gen. Hunter even on own request. Ely to Chase, 20 May 1862, Salmon P. Chase Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At 6 P.M. Mrs. Lincoln and carriage call at Browning residence. President arrives on horseback. Goes riding with Sen. Browning (Ill.) and Capt. James N. Brown, Illinois cattleman. Browning, Diary.

Approves act securing homesteads to actual settlers on public domain, act providing primary schools for public instruction in District of Columbia outside Washington and Georgetown, and act prescribing qualification (oath of allegiance) for electors in cities of Washington and Georgetown, DC. Stat. L., XII, 392, 394, 403.

Inquires of Gen. McClellan: "Telegraph being open tell us the situation & suggest if you can anything about batteries at Fort Darling." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 20 May 1862, CW, 5:224.

Complies with request for autograph: "I beg that her ladyship [Sarah Sophia Fane, Lady Villiers] will accept the assurance of my sincere gratification at this opportunity of subscribing myself Very truly, Her Ladyship's obedient servant." Abraham Lincoln to Lady Villiers, 20 May 1862, CW, 5:225.

Wednesday, May 20, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President pardons Albert Horn, convicted upon charge of fitting out vessel to engage in slave trade. Washington Chronicle, 21 May 1863.

Friday, May 20, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President declines invitation to visit Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair in St. Louis. Abraham Lincoln to Felix Schmedding, 20 May 1864, CW, 7:354.

Interviews Thomas E. Morris, of New Jersey, who asks that his son be appointed cadet. Memorandum: Appointment of Josiah W. Morris, 20 May 1864, CW, 7:353-54.

Recognizes Constantine P. Ralli as vice consul of Greece at St. Louis. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 25 May 1864, 2d ed., 1:6.

[Irwin deposits in Springfield Marine Bank $350, rent from L. A. Tilton. Pratt, Personal Finances, 166.]

President writes order that no person engaged in trade following published regulations of Treasury Dept. shall be hindered by Army or Navy. Order Concerning Trade, 20 May 1864, CW, 7:354.