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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Goodrich, Grant. 'Grant Goodrich to William H. Herndon' 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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400. Grant Goodrich to William H. Herndon.

Chicago Decr. 9/66

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 5th is received. In reply I have to say, Mr Lincoln was my associate first in the trial of the cases vs Grace [Lawrence?] in 1845, for fraud and misrepresentations, in the sale of land. The cases were severely contested, Mrss Butterfield & Collins & Ewd. Baker Esqr. being counsel for deft. Mr Lincoln in closing the case made the best Jury argument I ever heard him make. Judge Pope, said it was one of the best he ever heard. [1]

The Case of Parker vs Hoyt was for infringement of a patent water wheel. [2] My recollection is, it was commenced in 1846 or 7 — Mr Lincoln was employed for the defense It was for trial in June 1848. There was some technical error in the notices of matters in dispute & on motion of the pliff. most of the defendants evidence was excluded and defeat seemed inevitable. At that time a term of the U.S. District Court was held at Chicago on the 1st Monday of July. The only way of saving the case was to get it over to the term at Chicago, by which time would be secured to correct the error in the notices. Motions were made on both sides, which involved numerous questions, new to the Counsel & Court, as very few patent cases had then been tried in that Court, The time occupied in this discussion, was so extended, that the case had to be transferred to Chicago for trial. The

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Goodrich, Grant. 'Grant Goodrich to William H. Herndon' 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=herndon509.html
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