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  1. A bill for an act concerning the State Bank of Illinois
    Lincoln writes a bill to be introduced in the Illinois legislature. The bill contains 5 sections, some of which have been crossed through and renumbered. The first section of the bill repeals section 25 of the act "an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the state of Illinois" (approved February 25, 1835). Lincoln also writes an amendment which is to replace the third section. Three other amendments (not in Lincoln's hand) accompany this bill. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [HB 286; HJ 1840/1841; Laws, 1840/1841, p. 40]

  2. A bill for an act supplemental to an act to establish the counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane
    Lincoln writes a bill to supplement the act establishing the counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane [later Christian County]. Lincoln's bill addresses the elections for Senators and Representatives to the General Assembly, as well as militia duty, for Logan, Menard, Sangamon, and Dane counties. An endorsement on the back of the document reads: "to be enrolled." Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [HB 150, 1838/1839]

  3. A bill for an act to amend the act incorporating agricultural societies
    This bill, to be introduced in the Illinois legislature, includes three sections regarding the creation of agricultural societies in each county of Illinois, the reporting of agricultural statistics, and the offering of premiums to growers of corn and wheat. Lincoln adds a line of text to the document. [HB 144; HJ 1840/41, pp. 296, 397]

  4. A bill for an act to authorize Samuel Musick to build a toll bridge across Salt Creek in Sangamon County
    A bill introduced to the Illinois legislature by Lincoln on December 15, 1834, which authorizes Samuel Musick to build a toll bridge across Salt Creek in Sangamon County, where Musick currently runs a ferry. The original bill has 6 sections; this document is the "official engrossed copy" (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln), to which Lincoln adds a 7th section, in his own hand, stating that the Sangamon County commissioners can levy a tax on Musick's bridge. Prickett, clerk of the House of Representatives, notes that the bill was passed on December 26, and endorses on the back of the bill: "to be Enrolled." Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [HB 34, 9th GA, 1st Session]

  5. A bill for an act to incorporate the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company
    Original draft of a bill for the incorporation of the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company. Lincoln writes section 13. [HB 7, 9th GA, 2nd Session]

  6. A bill for an act to incorporate the Vermillion Coal and Manufacturing Company
    Lincoln writes a bill to be introduced in the Illinois legislature. The bill states that the Vermillion Coal and Manufacturing Company "may engage in the business of the mining of coal, iron, clays, and other minerals; and of welling for salt, on lands now owned...by...Rockwell near the Little Vermillion [Vermilion] in the county of LaSalle...and in the manufacture, sale, and transportation of the products of their mines..." Lincoln also writes regarding legal subjects such as right of way and assessment of damages. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1.

  7. A bill for an act to limit the jurisdiction of justices of the peace
    This act stipulates that justices of the peace shall not have jursidiction in civil cases, unless the it is "in the precint in which the defendent resides or in which the contract on which suit is brought was made and entered into or made payable." Parts in Lincoln's hand. [HB17, 9th GA, 1st Session]

  8. A bill for an act to vacate a part of the town plat of Bennett's addition to the town of Petersburg
    House Bill 58 abandoned Bennett's addition to the town of Petersburg. Bill was introduced December 27, 1839. One sheet, all in Lincoln's hand. [HB 58]

  9. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden
    Lincoln Memorial Garden was a project of the Garden Club of Illinois. It was designed, as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln, by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen in 1933. This announcement is for the second annual pilgrimage of the members of the Garden Club of Illinois to visit the Garden. The rail fence marking the Garden's boundary was constructed at this time, the rails being split using a wooden maul and wedge as was used by Abraham Lincoln. The whit oak logs for the rails were brought from near the site of old Sangamon town, where Lincoln built his flatboat in 1831.

  10. Administrator's bond, Sangamon County probate case files, David Cloyd estate
    Lucas served as the administrator of Cloyd's estate. Lincoln signed Lucas's administrator's bond as a surety. Bridges later substituted his name for Lincoln's on the bond. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  11. Affidavit in Patterson et ux. v. Edwards et ux.
    Lincoln requests special permission to petition the court for a rehearing of the case because the Pattersons live nearly fifty miles away and they have no attorney to represent them. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  12. Affidavit in Smith v. Campbell
    Craig, as clerk of the Vermilion County Circuit Court, certifies that Campbell recovered a judgment against Smith who appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court upon filing his appeal bond. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  13. Affidavit in Vaughn v. Ransdell
    Lincoln, plaintiff attorney in the suit Vaughn v. Ransdell at the Sangamon County Circuit Court, in which Vaughn was awarded a judgment, states on oath that the Sangamon County sheriff "has failed to pay over money collected by him..." Butler, court clerk, endorses the affidavit. Filed April 16, 1840. Additional details may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  14. Alabama resolutions on the subject of domestic slavery
    Address and resolutions adopted by the Alabama legislature January 9, 1836. The document complains of abolitionist "sending to our country their agents and incendiary pamphlets and publications, lighting up fires of discord in the bosom of our slave population..." It also states that "The harmony of the States and the durability of the Union forbid any intermeddling upon this subject, slavery in the United States is local and sectional. It is confined to the Southern and Middle states, if it be an evil, it is their business to say so and remove it." The resolutions call for other states to "enact such penal laws as will finally put an end to the malignant deeds of the abolitionist calculated to destroy our peace and sever this Union" and for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.

  15. Amendment for an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Illinois
    Lincoln's amendment to the bank bill stipulates what needs to be reported to the Illinois legislature. Failure to permit an open examination of its books shall lead to a forfeiture of its charter. [HB 12, 9th GA, 2nd Session]

  16. Amendment introduced in Illinois legislature to a supplemental act incorporating the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company
    If the canal is not begun by January 1841, the state shall have a full right to navigation of the Sangamon River. One sheet, all in Lincoln's hand. [SB 211]

  17. Amendment introduced in Illinois legislature to an act making appropriations for the years 1841 and 1842
    William W. Watson paid eighty-one dollars for the use of a room by the Illinois Supreme Court. [HB 238; HJ 1840/41, p. 431; Laws, 1840/41, p. 28]

  18. Amendment to "A bill for an act concerning public revenue"
    An amendment to "A bill for an act concerning public revenue", written by Lincoln, proposed to permit Revloutionary War pensioners to loan part or all of their pensions without paying any tax. [HB 97, 11th GA, 2nd session]

  19. Amendment to "A bill for an act for the relief of incorporated towns"
    Lincoln writes an amendment to a bill written by another person. One sheet is all in Lincoln's hand. [HB 114, 11th GA, 2nd session]

  20. Amendment to a bill concerning marks and brands
    Lincoln's amendment to a bill concerning marks and brands. [HB 85, 9th G.A., 1st Session]

  21. Amendment to a bill for an act to incorporate Springfield
    Lincoln writes an amendment to the Senate bill "an act to amend an act to incorporate the City of Springfield," introduced by Herndon. Lincoln's amendment calls for a portion of Herndon's bill to be taken out. In its place, Lincoln's amendment specifies who will be eligible to run for the office of mayor or alderman of Springfield. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [SB 116; HJ 1840/41, p. 421; Laws, 1840/41, p. 61]

  22. Amendment to a bill in Illinois legislature for an act to distribute the School Fund
    HB 58, 1838/1839

  23. Amendment to a bill in Illinois legislature for an act to increase the capital stock of the Bank of Illinois
    HB 217, 1838/1839

  24. Amendment to a bill introduced in Illinois legislature relative to "A bill for an act to locate a state road therein mentioned"
    Lincoln's amendment applied to relocation of road between New Salem and Petersburg. Bill was engrossed July 19, 1837. [HB 76, Special Session, Indiana state line to Sadoris in Champaign Co.] Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  25. Amendment to a bill introduced in Illinois legislature to incorporate the Sangamon Fire Insurance Company
    Lincoln lists twelve names to be inserted in the original bill as incorporators of the Bank of the State of Illinois. [HB 37, 9th GA, 2nd Session]

  26. Amendment to an amendment introduced in Illinois legislature to an act distributing the school funds to the counties
    Lincoln writes an amendment to an amendment introduced in Illinois legislature by James Craig, to the bill "an act for distributing the school funds of this State among the counties, according to the number of children in each county under twenty years." (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln) Lincoln's amendment read: "Provided that all counties which shall have been formed since the last taking of the census; shall for all school purposes, remain as though no division had been made, until the next taking of the census." An endorsement on the verso notes that Lincoln's amendment was not agreed to. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1.

  27. Amendment to rules of House of Representatives
    Lincoln's copy of an additional rule of the Illinois House of Representatives.

  28. Amendments and a bill introduced in Illinois legislature to establish a state road from Jacksonville to Bloomington
    Original draft of "An act providing for the location of a state road from Jacksonville to Syracuse to Bloomington." Includes names of appointed commissioners, location of the road, and method of reporting. One sheet of amendments in Lincoln's hand. [HB 151, 10th GA, 1st Session]

  29. Amendments introduced in Illinois legislature to an act dividing the state into judicial districts
    Of the three amendments introduced, the legislature adopted the first amendment but rejected the others. The entire act may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1839, pp. 155-156. [SB 134]

  30. Amendments to a bill for an act to vacate the town plat of Livingston
    Lincoln writes 3 amendments to the "bill for an act to vacate the town plat of Livingston." The amendments relate to the town of Cicero in Sangamon County, the town of Caledonia in Putnam County, and the town of Belleville in St. Clair County. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [SB 2; HJ 1840/41, p. 94, 112; Laws 1840/41, p. 315]

  31. An act making appropriation for a library for the Legislature and Supreme Court
    This act appropriates $5000 for a "law and miscellaneous Library for the use of the Legislature and the Supreme Court". It authorizes the Governor and the judges of the Supreme Court to select the books for this library.

  32. An act of the Illinois legislature to lay out a state road from the Wabash to the Yellow Banks of the Mississippi River
    Original bill in Lincoln's hand to locate a state road from Logansport, Indiana, to the lower Yellow Banks on the Mississippi River. The bill was introduced on January 12, 1835, and passed four days later. [HB105, 9th GA, 1st Session]

  33. An act to incorporate the Franklin Institute
    An act to incorporate the Franklin Institute. This bill is not in Lincoln's handwriting but according to the House Journal was reported by him from the Committee on Elections. Lincoln was a member of this committee. The title was changed in the Senate to "An Act to incorporate the Franklin Academy. The bill was approved. Names the trustees of the Franklin Institute and authorizes them to exercise "all powers and privileges enjoyed by the trustees of any seminary college or university in this state." [HB 383; HJ 1838/39, p.466]

  34. An act to relocate part of state road from Springfield to Lewiston
    The act relocating part of the state road from Springfield to Lewistown alters the state road then traveled to the residence of John Jones. [HB 20, 9th GA, 2nd Session]

  35. Application for writ of error in Morgan v. Griffin
    Attorneys Jordan and Hollister for Morgan present a list of court errors they feel prevented them from receiving a fair trial in the Scott County Circuit Court. Attorneys Hardin and Smith for Griffin reply that there were no errors in the court proceedings. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  36. Arbitration agreement and arbitrator's report in the State of Illinois v. Anson G. Henry
    Governor Ford, on behalf of the state of Illinois, and Henry, former Treasurer of the Board of State House Commissioners, sign an agreement stating that Iankiewicz, Lincoln, and Purple will act as arbitrators in their case. Morse signs as a witness. On the verso, Iankiewicz, Lincoln, and Purple sign a document that finds against Henry and awards $271 to the state of Illinois. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol.1.

  37. Assignment of errors in Bloomington Gas Light & Coke Co. & Charles Herrick & Co. v. Robert McCart & Sons & Gridley
    Scates, McAllister, and Jewett submit a listof errors they say are manifest in the proceedings of the lower court. Their clients, the Bloomington Gas Light & Coke Co. and the Charles Herrick & Co., and Gridley, appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court on a writ of error. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  38. Assignment of errors in Graves et al. v. Bruen
    Attorneys Williams and Johnston for Groves, Castle, Groom, and Pratt list errors in the proceedings of the case at the Adams County Circuit Court. They appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Editon.

  39. Assignment of errors in Headen et al. v. True
    Moulton for True submits a list of errors manifest in the proceedings of the lower court. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  40. Assignment of errors in Leonard v. Villars et al.
    Logan submits a list of errors he contends were committed by the Vermilion County Circuit Court in the case of Villars v. Leonard. Leonard appeals to the Illinois Supreme Court on a writ of error. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  41. Assignment of errors in Lewis v. Moffett & Johnson
    List of seven errors submitted by Lewis who appeals to the Illinois Supreme Court on a writ of error. Lincoln writes joinder in error. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  42. Assignment of errors in McDonald v. Fithian & Juneau
    Brown, as attorney for McDonald, submits a list of eight errors he believes the lower court made during his trial. Filed December 21, 1843. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Editon. [Illinois Supreme Court Case File # 1597]

  43. Assignment of errors in Stapleford v. Lewis
    Attorneys Strong and Doremus for Stapleford list four ways in which the court erred leading to a judgement against Stapleford. They appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court. Filed July 5, 1842. Additional details about this case may be found in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.

  44. Bill amended in Illinois legislature relative to the building of a state house in Springfield
    A bill for an act to see that no state money should be spent on building the Capitol in Springfield but that the $50,000 pledged by Springfield be used for the construction. Two of the sheets are all in Lincoln's hand. Bill reported on July 19, 1837. [HB 11, special session.]

  45. Bill and amendment introduced in Illinois legislature for an act to incorporate the Springfield Mechanics' Union
    The bill incorporating the Springfield Mechanic's Union sought to provide relief to the sick and disabled members and the widows and orphans of deceased members. Lincoln writes amendment to be inserted in the blank left at the beginning of the original draft of the bill. Lincoln wrote only the title and the amendment of the bill. [HB 29]

  46. Bill for an act to authorize Rhoda Hart and others to sell and convey certain real estate
    Lincoln writes a bill for an act to authorize the widow (Rhoda Hart) and adult heirs of Moses Hart to sell and convey certain real estate in Sangamon County. The bill includes a condition involving the minor heirs of Moses Hart. An endorsement on the back of the document notes: "To 2d reading Judiciary." A second endorsement notes: "House refused to read a [third time?]." Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1, and in: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, where the document number is 131967. [HB 48, Special Session - endorsed July 19, 1837]

  47. Bill for an act to establish a state road from Beardstown in Cass County to Petersburg in Sangamon County
    Lincoln writes a bill which appoints McHenry, Solomon Penny, and Myram Penny as "commissioners to view, mark, and locate a state road from Beardstown in Cass County...to Petersburg in Sangamon County" and to make and file maps and reports of the road with the county commissioners courts. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [HB 15, GA 1837]

  48. Bill for an act to locate a state road between Springfield and Lewiston
    Reuben Harrison, John Clary and Sandy James are appointed commissioners to "view, mark and permanently locate so much of the state road, leading from Springfield in Sangamon County to Lewiston in Fulton County, as lies between Springfield and George G. Miller's ferry on the Sangamo River." Three sheets, two sheets all in Lincoln's hand. Includes Lincoln's notice that he will introduce the bill. [HB 185, 9th G.A., 1st Session]

  49. Bill for an act to locate a state road from Jacksonville to Quincy
    John Taylor, Benjamin Kindrick and Harvey Lester are appointed commissioners to "view, mark and locate a state road from a point on the West bank of Illinois river opposite Meredocia [sic]. Thence the nearest and best route through Mount Sterling to the Western boundary line of Schuyler County in the direction of Quincy." The bill stipulates that the commissioners will receive "one dollar and fifty cents each per day" for their services. Three sheets , one sheet all in Lincoln's hand, except the amendment. [HB 144, 9th G.A., 2nd Session]

  50. Bill for an act to relocate a part of the state road leading from William Crow's in Morgan County to Musick's Bridge in Sangamon County
    Lincoln writes a bill which appoints Harrison, Scott, and Bone as "commissioners to view mark and relocate so much of the state road leading from William Crow's in Morgan County to [Samuel] Musick's bridge in Sangamon County as lies between the head of Richland creek and the Sangamo river" and to make and file a map and report of the road with the Sangamon County commissioners court. Lincoln's bill also declares a road from Springfield to Rochester a state road, and incorporates Petersburg in Sangamon County. Additional details may be found in: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1. [HB 3, 9th GA, 2nd Session]

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