JOHN DAWSON (1791-1850) was born in Virginia and moved to Illinois in 1827, settling in Sangamon County. He served five terms in the lower house of the General Assembly between 1830 and 1846, part of the time as a legislative colleague of Abraham Lincoln. They joined in passing a number of bills and served on committees together. They were also aligned politically as members of the Whig Party. Dawson, with Lincoln, was one of the celebrated “Long Nine,” each of whom was six feet in height or taller and were state legislators from Sangamon County. Others in the group included Ninian W. Edwards, William F. Elkin, Daniel Stone, Archer G. Herndon, Andrew McCormick, Robert L. Wilson and Job Fletcher. Herndon and Fletcher were senators and the rest were representatives. The “Long Nine” played an instrumental role in moving the State Capital from Vandalia to Springfield. Dawson also served in the Black Hawk War.
From the Norman Boas Collection, Provenance Christies, we offer a one page, 4 x 8, ADS by Dawson, 1834, May 5, addressed to C.R. Matheny, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County. [Matheny was a member of Capt. James B. Moore’s company of rangers during July and August 1812. Afterward, he was a member of the territorial legislature. In 1821, he became the first County Clerk of Sangamon.]
“Sir the Blue Roan mare taken up by James Brewer was claimed by James McDonald, Irish Grove, and [stated] to be his by Spencer Stone and was given up by said Brewer to said McDonald without proving of said mare…” John Dawson, JPSC [Justice of the Peace, Sangamon County]
Fold, expected toning. Overall excellent condition.
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