The founder of Lena, Illinois and its first postmaster was an Illinois Central Railroad agent who owned 80 acres on what is today Lena, which he laid out in 1854; he built the city's first structure in the late 1840s, the Old Stagecoach Inn, which opened for business in 1848. Item #30715
ADS, 1p, 7½" X 12", Alida, IL, 1850 May 18. Addressed to Jerome Increase Case (1819-91, founder of the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company, the first American to create steam engines for agricultural use). Very good. Minor soiling and bit of edgewear. Detailed financial notes regarding some promissory notes on which payment is due and their difficulty in collecting on them: "... I received the Rozensteels notes in due time, and have made demand but he is not got the money, Rozensteel says that he will give security if you will wait untill first of October next that it will be certain then with 20 per cent, this I had no authority from you. I did not offer to take a deed of trust I have seen Reben [?] & Herman, I know that Reben is to receive money from Pennsylvania about the first of June He has promised to pay his part then. Herman will secure his to be paid the first of August next According to the statute of this state all demands of the same nature must be put in the same suit, therefore each of these must be commenced in Circuit court [illegible] courts are in March and August. If each note had been assigned to different individuals then they would come under the Jurisdiction of a Justice of the peace but so they are we will have to wait untill court or untill we can receive part pay to reduce the demands that are due against each party below One hundred dollars. I do not think it best to let this event pass without Judgment unless they secure or pay before...." Boldly penned on typical pale blue stock. Very uncommon.