Sangamo Journal, December 11, 1840. The House was sitting as a committee of the whole on a bill and amendments to provide for the interest on the public debt.
 At this point the argument for and against Lincoln's proposal was taken over by other members of the House.
 Further discussion by other members followed until John J. Hardin moved that the committee rise, report progress, and ask leave to sit again, which was agreed to.
 Illinois State Register, December 11, 1840. This report covers the same series of remarks as the more detailed account in the Journal, but is reproduced for the slight additional details of what Lincoln said. On December 7 Lincoln introduced the revised bill (vide infra), and further advocated his measure on December 11 and 12.