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Attorneys Abraham Lincoln and John Todd Stuart
Announce a New Partnership in Their Hometown Newspaper, the Sangamo Journal
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Lincoln and John Todd Stuart, cousin of Lincoln’s future wife Mary Todd, had served together in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1834-1836. They formed Stuart & Lincoln on April 12, 1837.

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. Newspaper. Sangamo Journal, Springfield, Ill., December 23, 1837. 4 pp., 18 x 24¾ in. Double matted and framed with glass on both sides to display pages one and four. Slightly chipped 26 x 33 in. frame.

Inventory #23104.01       Price: $2,500

In the upper portion of the first column of the first page appears this five line advertisement: “STUART & LINCOLN, / ATTORNEYS and Counsellors at Law, will practice, / conjointly, in the Courts of this Judicial Circuit. – / Office No. 4 Hoffman’s Row, up stairs. / Springfield, april 12, 1837.” Two ads directly above: “NINIAN W. EDWARDS, / ATTORNEY & COUNSELLOR AT LAW, / Springfield – Illinois.”

Lincoln had moved from New Salem, Illinois, to Springfield in 1836. He had first met fellow attorney Ninian W. Edwards when both were members of the Illinois State House of Representatives. Edwards married Elizabeth Todd in 1832, and Lincoln met Elizabeth’s sister, Mary Todd, at the Edwards home, where Mary had moved in 1839. On November 4, 1842, Lincoln and Mary Todd were married in the Edwards mansion.

The Sangamo Journal started publishing in 1831, shortly after a young Lincoln settled in New Salem. The newspaper faithfully supported Abraham Lincoln and the Whig Party throughout many name changes: the Illinois Journal (1847), shortly after Lincoln left for Congress, then the Illinois State Journal (1855). As the Whig party broke up, the newspaper supported the newly-formed Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln’s rising political star.


Very fine with no visible tears.

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