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Friday, February 16, 1844.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes Simeon Ryder about his chancery suit against Daniel Stringer and heirs of Edward Mitchell. On November 30, 1843, Logan & Lincoln obtained decree against Stringer in favor of Ryder for former's debt of $300 with interest at 7 per cent from January 1, 1836.Abraham Lincoln to Simeon Ryder, 16 February 1844, CW, 1:332.

[Illustrative of feeling between Whigs and Democrats in Springfield are these lines from Register: "Lincoln, another member of the Junto . . . is our jester and mountebank. . . . We have had him appointed a candidate for Clay elector. This we hope will buy him off from being a candidate for Congress. . . . We intend to send Lincoln to Linder's county (Coles) to make speeches. Lincoln is a long-legged varmint, and great at jumping . . . out of the windows of the State House. . . . He can make a speech which is all length and height like himself, and no breadth or thickness."]