• Lincoln Associate Andrew McCormick Signs Bond; Wonderful Association Item Including James Short, Lincoln And Indian Agencies

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    ANDREW MCCORMICK was one of the “Long Nine” along with Abraham Lincoln. Each was six feet in height or taller and all were state legislators from Sangamon County, Il.  The others in the group included John Dawson, Ninian W. Edwards, William F. Elkin, David Stone, Archer G. Herndon, Robert L. Wilson and John Fletcher. Herndon and Fletcher were senators and the rest representatives. The “Long Nine” were instrumental in moving the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield. They served together during the sessions of 1836 and 1837.

    On or about March 13, 1837, McCormick, Abraham Lincoln and nine others signed a bond for $10,000 to Gov. Joseph Duncan for Benjamin S. Enloe’s appointment as warden of the State Penitentiary. On April 5, 1839, McCormick, Lincoln, Herndon, J. Calhoun and N.W. Edwards signed a “Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss the Revenue Law.” The meeting was for residents of Sangamon County who opposed the law.

    Partly-printed, one-page, DS, Nov. 28, 1831 [Springfield, IL], witnessed by L.D. Matheny. It is the bond of McCormick and Robert Gillock, who also signs, concerning an indebtedness to James Short.  Short was the son-in-law of Joshua Short, who had a farm a few miles north of New Salem. When Lincoln prepared the last will and testament of Joshua Short on August 22, 1836, Joshua appointed James and his son, John, to be his executors. James Short was foreman of a grand jury in Menard County Circuit Court in 1846. When Lincoln became president, he wrote to James Short to go to Charleston, Il and see George M. Hanson. Hanson, of Charleston, was appointed to the Northern superintendency of Indian agencies in California. As a result of this contact, Short was subsequently appointed supervisor of the Round Valley, California reservation.

    Tape repairs on two folds on verso. Slight age toning.

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