the public to pay the debts of personal friendship with offices that belonged to the people.”
As surveyor under Calhoun
he was sent for at one time to decide or locate a disputed corner for some persons in the northern part of the county.
Among others interested was his friend and admirer Henry McHenry
“After a good deal of disputing we agreed,” says the latter, “to send for Lincoln
and to abide by his decision.
He came with compass, flag-staff, and chain.
He stopped with me three or four days and surveyed the whole section.
When in the neighborhood of the disputed corner by actual survey he called for his staff and driving it in the ground at a certain spot said, ‘Gentlemen, here is the corner.’
We dug down into the ground at the point indicated and, lo!
there we found about six or eight inches of the original stake sharpened at the end, and beneath which was the usual piece of charcoal placed there by Rector
the surveyor who laid the ground off for the government many years before.”
So fairly and well had the young surveyor done his duty that all parties went away completely satisfied.
As late as 1865 the corner was preserved by a mark and pointed out to strangers as an evidence of the young surveyor's skill.
, mentioned in the earlier pages of this chapter, presented to me a certificate of survey given to him by Lincoln
It was written January 14, 1834, and is signed “J. Calhoun
, S. S. C., by A. Lincoln
“The survey was made by Lincoln
,” says Godby
, “and I gave him as pay for his work two buckskins, which Hannah Armstrong