life,” said he, “worn a suit of clothes costing twenty-eight dollars.”
“Several of us lawyers,” remarked one of his colleagues, “in the eastern end of the circuit annoyed Lincoln
once while he was holding court for Davis
by attempting to defend against a note to which there were many makers.
We had no legal, but a good moral defense, but what we wanted most of all was to stave it off till the next term of court by one expedient or another.
We bothered” the court “about it till late on Saturday, the day of adjournment.
He adjourned for supper with nothing left but this case to dispose of. After supper he heard our twaddle for nearly an hour, and then made this odd entry: ‘L. D. Chaddon vs
. J. D. Beasley et al.
April Term, 1856. Champaign County
Plea in abatement by B. Z. Green
, a defendant not served, filed Saturday at 11 o'clock A. M., April 24, 1856, stricken from the files by order of court.
Demurrer to declaration, if there ever was one, overruled.
Defendants who are served now, at 8 o'clock, P. M., of the last day of the term, ask to plead to the merits, which is denied by the court on the ground that the offer comes too late, and therefore, as by nil dicet
, judgment is rendered for Pl'ff.
Clerk assess damages.
, Judge protem
The lawyer who reads this singular entry will appreciate its oddity if no one else does.
After making it one of the lawyers, on recovering his astonishment, ventured to enquire, “Well, Lincoln