Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Authorize a Survey Therein Named [1]

[February 28, 1839]

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the following---

``That the Board of Public Works shall so soon as convenience will permit, detail a competent engineer to survey a route commencing at or near the point where the present location of the Central Rail Road crosses Drury's Creek in Jackson county; thence via Frankfort in Franklin county, Mount Vernon in Jefferson county, and Salem in Marion county to a point on the present location of the aforesaid Rail Road at or near Vandalia. Said Board shall also detail a competent engineer to survey anotherPage  147 route between the same starting and terminating points to pass at or near the coal banks on mudy--- [2] thence through Pinckneyville in Perry county, Nashville in Washington county, and Carlyle in Clinton county.

SEC. 2. Said engineers shall make full and complete reports of the surveys of said routes respectively to the Board of Public Works; who, upon a full examination and comparison of the relative merits of the two said routes and the present location, with a view to the interest of the state, shall determine which of the three shall be the permanent location of the said Central Rail Road.

SEC: 3. The provisions of this act shall be carried into effect as speedily as possible; but while the same are in progress, the work on the said Central Rail Road shall proceed as though this act had never passed.

Annotation

[1]   AD, I-Ar. Lincoln wrote this bill to amend a Senate bill bearing the same title, but it was introduced in the House by John Crain, representative from Washington County. It passed the House, the Senate concurred, and the act may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1839, p. 242.

[2]   Muddy River. The phrase ``at or near the coal banks on mudy---thence'' is an insertion not in Lincoln's hand.