Petition to County Commissioners' Court
for a Road Commencing at Middletown 
To the Honorable the county commissioner's court for the county of Sangamon, Illinois.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Sangamon county respectfully request, that your Honorable body will pass an order for the establishment of a county road to commence at Middletown near Musick's bridge. Thence the nearest and best rout to Meaddows' Mill at the Sugar Grove. Thence, as near as the ground will permit, with the Section line runing one mile North of the Northern boundry of Townships Eighteen, to the county line.Page 54
 AD, IHi. Lincoln drew up this petition before leaving for Vandalia to attend the legislature, which opened on December 5, 1836, and Coleman Smoot seems from the endorsement which appears on the verso of the document to have procured the fifty-nine signatures, including his own, and presented the petition to the court on December 5. November 30 is conjectured as the approximate date.