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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Goodpasture, Andrew H. 'Andrew H. Goodpasture' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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458. Andrew H. Goodpasture (statement for William H. Herndon).

Petersburg, Illinois March 31. A.D. 1869

About the year A.D. 1855 in the town of Clinton Dewit County Illinois pending the investigation of a suit in the circuit cort: in which a Mr. George Tanner was plantiff and some 15 or 16 ladies of Marion Dewit County Ill. were defendent [1]

The atterney for the plantiff urged the tecnicalities of the Statute law in all caces of destruction of property (The ladies having been indited for knocking out the heads of some whiskey barels owned by Mr. Tanner who kept a grocery at Marion where they resided) In defending the ladies the atterney evinced some want of tack to meet the case, and Mr. Lincoln became restless, placed his head forward and rubed his hair with his hands, and before the jury retired he addressed the Cort sayin he wished to make a few remark (before the jury retired.) And first, he would change the order of inditement and have it read The State against Mr. whiskey instead of the State against the Ladies. And tuching this case there were 3 laws, First the law of self protection. Second the law of the land or statute law: & Thirdly the Moral law or law of God.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Goodpasture, Andrew H. 'Andrew H. Goodpasture' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon572b.html
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