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381. Judges Samuel Treat and David Davis (William H. Herndon Notes).

[1865 — 66]

Judge Treat

Judge Treats Circuit was Called 8 Judicial curcuit —

Was appointed District Court 1855


Appointed Cir Judge in 1838 — 14 Counties
Judge of Supm Court 1841 —
Supm Judge 1848

Judge Davis Succeeded Judge Treat
Lincolns 1s appearance

England vs. Clrk

Judge Treats time actually on the Bench was 6 Mo — on an average — Each year

Sometimes 5 Mondays in a Week — Lincoln didn't Come — we did

Want of will — want of Administrative ability; he did not fully foresee all — : he did not organize by a solid plan: hence his Adm didn't run smooth — Had no foresight — no Care for the future. He was frequently seen in the Street hunting wood — Hay and when asked &c would say it is not my way

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3980; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:184



1. Docketed: Judge Treats & Judge Davis Statement. This document seems to incorporate notes from interviews with AL's two principal judges on the Eighth Circuit. The last two passages apparently reflect Davis's remarks; the earlier note, Treat's.

2. England v. Clark, tried at the June term 1841 of the Menard Circuit Court, was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court (5 Ill. 486), where AL and J. D. Urquhart represented the plaintiff in error. The case was originally argued at the December term 1841 but was reargued in December 1843, with the court eventually deciding in favor of the defendant.