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Friday, April 16, 1852.+-

Metamora, IL.

In the Woodford County Circuit Court, Lincoln and Asahel Gridley defend Joseph K. Johnson in the case of People v. Johnson. Johnson, accused of committing perjury, pleads not guilty to the charge, and a jury hears the case against him. Lincoln questions one defense witness, makes his closing arguments, and proposes a set of instructions for the judge to give to the jury. The jury finds Johnson not guilty. Lincoln and Asahel Gridley represent Jesse Dale in the case of People for the use of Woodford County, Illinois v. Dale. The county alleges that Dale had withheld some money he had collected while serving as county treasurer. Lincoln and Gridley submit several pleas on behalf of Dale. Judgment, 16 April 1852, People v. Johnson, Common Law Record A, 236, Woodford County Circuit Court, Woodford County Courthouse, Eureka, IL; Jury Instructions, 16 April 1852, People v. Johnson, Private Collection; Pleas (copy), 16 April 1852, People for the use of Woodford County, Illinois v. Dale, copy files, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, IHi, Springfield, IL.

[Under act of Congress of 1850 warrant for 40 acres of land is issued to Lincoln for services in Black Hawk War. Paul M. Angle, Lincoln 1854-1861: Being the Day-By-Day Activities of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1933), 313.]