what his fee would be; told him I was poor.
,’ he said, ‘I sha'n't charge you a cent, and anything else I can do for you, will do it willingly and without charge.’
He afterwards wrote to me about a piece of land which certain men were trying to get from me, and said: ‘Hannah
, they can't get your land.
Let them try it in the Circuit Court, and then you appeal it; bring it to the Supreme Court and I and Herndon
will attend to it for nothing.’
The last suit of any importance in which Lincoln
was personally engaged, was known as the Johnson sand-bar case.
It involved the title to certain lands, the accretion on the shores of Lake Michigan
, in or near Chicago
It was tried in the United States Circuit Court at Chicago
in April and May, 1860.
During the trial, the Court
--and all the counsel on both sides dined at the residence of Isaac N. Arnold
, afterwards a member of Congress.
,” relates Mr. Arnold
, “were at the time both candidates for the nomination for President
There were active and ardent political friends of each at the table, and when the sentiment was proposed, ‘May Illinois
furnish the next President
,’ it was drank with enthusiasm by the friends of both Lincoln
I could fill this volume with reminiscences of Lincoln
's career as a lawyer, but lest the reader should tire of what must savor in many cases of monotony