• Lincoln Contemporary David Prickett Accepts Account Of Purchases With Kerr & Co.; Later Settlement With Lincoln

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    DAVID PRICKETT, (1800-1847) was a lawyer, jurist and state legislator who was born in Kentucky and moved to Illinois. Prickett was a member of the convention that framed the Constitution of the state of Illinois in 1818 and a member of the first legislature (1818-19). Prickett served in the Black Hawk War as an aide-de-camp to Gen. Samuel Whiteside. From 1830 to 1840, he was Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives during which time he came to know Abraham Lincoln as a representative. Prickett was later elected attorney to the first Judicial Circuit and in 1843 Commissioner of the State Bank of Illinois.  On one occasion, Lincoln collected a settlement from Prickett in a judgement against Prickett and in favor of the surviving partners of the firm of A. & G. Kerr & Co.

    Offering a Manuscript Document unsigned, 8 x 12, 2 pp, front and back, May 9th, 1836, Prickett’s account with Kerr, being an itemized list of goods, such as spices, tools, coffee, boxes, coon skins, much more, plus an additional note stating, “D. Prickett Bill with $1728.00 A & G.W. Kerr & Co., May 9th, 1836.”  This may have been the account on which Lincoln received the judgement, a copy of which is included.

    Toning, folds. Fold tear repaired with archival tape.

    Provenance: Christies.

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