[1]   Quincy Whig, February 2, 1839. A resolution offered by Vital Jarrot of St. Clair County called for an investigation of whether any member of the legislature had accepted a federal appointment in violation of the Illinois constitution, which prohibited members of the legislature from holding ``any lucrative office under the United States, or this State,'' but excepting postmasters, and a few other offices. A Whig move aimed at William G. Flood's appointment to the Quincy Land Office, the resolution nevertheless dealt with a vital point, and Lincoln apparently wished to have the question settled in principle even though willing to avoid a clash over Flood's right to his seat in the legislature.

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