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

Amendments Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Senate Bill Permanently Locating the Seat of Government of the State of Illinois [1]

[February 14, 1837]

Strike out the word ``twentieth'' where it occurs, and insert ``twenty third''

Fill the first blank with the word ``fifty''

Fill the second blank with the word ``three''

Add the following proviso to the 4th. section.

Provided that this act shall be null and void, unless the sum of fifty thousand dollars be donated by individuals, and secured by bonds and security to be approved of by the Governor, and made payable to, the State Treasurer, to become due at such time as the Governor shall direct, which bonds shall be executed and filed with the State Treasurer on or before the first day of May next; and which donation is especially designed to meet the appropriation herein before made, and shall be applied exclusively and immediately to that object; and also, unless a sufficient quantity of ground, not less than two acres, upon which to erect public buildings, be donated and conveyed to the State without expense to the State.

Annotation

[1]   AD, I-Ar. Although written by Lincoln, these amendments were moved by Alexander P. Dunbar, representative from Coles County. The amendments were adopted, but the first, calling for a change from ``twentieth'' to ``twenty third,'' was later amended to ``28th.'' The bill itself, calling for removal of the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield, was a project of the Sangamon ``Long Nine'' as a whole. Strategy called for its being introduced first in the Senate, probably because bills passed by the Senate usually had less trouble in the House. Although Lincoln did not write the bill, he was in a sense its author in a larger degree than he was of numerous bills which are preserved in his hand-writing. Certainly it was Lincoln more than any other member of the legislature who was responsible for its final passage. Lincoln moved a final amendment, which passed on February 24, as follows: ``The General Assembly reserves the right to repeal this act at any time hereafter'' (House Journal, Tenth General Assembly, First Session, p. 702). The act appears in Laws of Illinois, 1837, pp. 321-22.