Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
February 6, 1841

Mr EDWARDS, [2] from the committee on Internal Improvement, reported back the bill to incorporate the Springfield and Alton Rail Road company, with an amendment providing for the use of the State property.

The question being on ordering the bill to a third reading,

Mr. MUNSELL [3] opposed the bill on the ground that the State property should not be given without conditions, to one section of the country more than another.

Mr LINCOLN replied, and shewed in substance that the State property would all be lost and go to ruin, if the principle be adopted that no one shall have any, for fear all shall not have some.