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Friday, March 30, 1855.+-

Springfield, IL.

Twenty-four members of Springfield bar, among them Lincoln, Logan, Stuart, Edwards, and Conkling, write open letter to David Davis, requesting permission to announce him as candidate for re-election to bench. Illinois Journal, 31 March 1855; Abraham Lincoln et al. to David Davis, 30 March 1855, CW, 2:310.

In court a number of Lincoln's cases are called, and two are tried. In appeal entitled Rape v. Lovelock court decides against his client, plaintiff; other case is taken under advisement. Record.

For third consecutive day, Lincoln writes legal papers for his client Mary L. Welles. In Matheny v. Welles et al. he writes answer of four witnesses named Cummins, report of Mary L. Welles, defendant's answer to bill in chancery (which Herndon signs), answer of W. H. Herndon, guardian of four Welles minors (Herndon signs), and decree of court. Herndon-Weik Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln also composes defendant's plea in Beck v. Chicago, Alton, & St. Louis RR, and defendant's reply in Tinney v. Frederick et al.Photocopy.