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Manuscripts/Mixed Material Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, [Law papers].

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Title
Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, [Law papers].
Contributor Names
Lincoln, Abraham (Author)
Herndon, William Henry (Author)
Porter, Margaret (Author)
Created / Published
Sangamon County, Illinois, September 15, 1851
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
-  Lincoln's law practice
-  Herndon, William H. (1818-1840)
-  Porter, William A. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Talbot, B. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Lindsay, Morris (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Lindsay, Alexander (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Porter, Margaret Klein (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Hoffman, Herman (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Chamberlain, Joseph (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Chamberlain, Jacob (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Sutton, James C. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Porter, Andrew (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Moffett, J. B. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Dunlap, E. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Manuscripts
-  legal case and case notes
-  United States -- Illinois -- Sangamon
Genre
Manuscripts
legal case and case notes
Notes
-  Summary: Before his death, William Porter sold one lot in Springfield, Illinois, to Hoffman. Hoffman eventually sold part of his interest to others. Margaret Porter, William Porter's widow, had not released her right to dower in the lot. Porter retained Lincoln and Herndon and sued Hoffman and others for her dower. Hoffman and others failed to appear, and the court ruled for Porter and appointed commissioners, including Herndon, to assign Porter her dower. The commissioners reported that they could not divide the land equitably. The court called a jury to assess the annual value of dower. The jury found that the value was $10 per year. The court ordered Hoffman and successive owners of the lot to pay Porter $10 per year for the rest of her life.
Medium
20 x 31.8 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Law Papers; Portfolio 2 no. 9
Source Collection
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Repository
Rare Book And Special Collections Division
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/lprbscsm.scsm1522
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Chicago citation style:

Lincoln, Abraham, William Henry Herndon, and Margaret Porter. [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois, 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001524/. (Accessed July 24, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Lincoln, A., Herndon, W. H. & Porter, M. (1851) [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001524/.

MLA citation style:

Lincoln, Abraham, William Henry Herndon, and Margaret Porter. [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois, 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001524/>.