AD, I-Ar. This was probably Lincoln's first chore at lawmaking. John T. Stuart introduced the bill on December 6, 1834. The first one and one-half pages of the manuscript appear to be in Stuart's hand. Then come the portions which are in Lincoln's hand, except for an occasional insertion by Stuart, as given here. A third amanuensis carries on for the remainder of the manuscript, which is incomplete. The entire law as finally approved may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1835, pp. 229-35.
 This paragraph is crossed out.
 The rest of this sentence and the next are not in Lincoln's hand.
 Lincoln's hand begins again at this point.
 Remainder is not in Lincoln's hand.