Remarks in Illinois Legislature
Concerning a Burlesque Petition 
Mr. LINCOLN thought as the subject had come up, and seemed likely to be a painful one, the best course would be to dispose ofPage 227 the matter in a manner the least painful. He would be sorry to see a resolution of this kind pass, calculated to wound the feelings of him who had presented the petition. He hoped the resolution would be so modified.
Mr. LINCOLN then moved to strike out that portion of the resolution requiring the petition to be returned to the member presenting it.
 Illinois State Register, January 22, 1841. A burlesque petition had been presented by Asahel Gridley, McLean County Whig, in reference to a speech of Alpheus Wheeler, Democrat of Pike County. In order to place the shoe on the other foot, John A. McClernand, Democrat of Gallatin County, offered a resolution condemning the petition and its presentation by Gridley as insulting to the House. Lincoln's effort was to terminate the affair.