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Thursday, May 6, 1852.+-

Urbana, IL.

In the Champaign County Circuit Court, Lincoln files a plea for defendant James F. Jennings in the case of Burt v. Jennings, a suit involving a complaint of assault and battery. In the plea, Lincoln states that Jennings acted in self defense. Lincoln also drafts a standard response for plaintiff Benjamin Burt's attorneys to sign.Plea, Replication, filed 6 May 1852, Burt v. Jennings, Champaign County Circuit Court, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.

In the evening, Lincoln and Judge David Davis attend a performance by Hillis and his choir. Lincoln and Davis take some of the "Tavern Keeper[']s" female relatives as well. Davis writes, "We did it as an act of charity—for they looked as if they were very tired from hard work." David Davis to Sarah Davis, 7 May 1852, David Davis Family Papers, Folder B-9, IHi, Springfield, IL.