[1]   AD, I-Ar. Although the bill was first introduced on December 7, it underwent numerous changes and the text as given is undoubtedly of a later date. The original bill seems not to be extant and the record of debates concerning it as given in the House Journal becomes confused. On December 8, however, Lincoln proposed the following amendments to his original bill, neither of which appear in the text: ``Mr. Lincoln, proposed to amend the bill by inserting into the 9th line, at the end of the word `next' the words following, to wit:

`` `And also, sufficient to pay freights, duty and other necessary charges upon railroad iron, which has been received, and to be received under contracts heretofore made, and also sufficient to pay the necessary charges of the prosecution of certain suits prosecuting and to be prosecuted on behalf of this State, in the State of New York. And if it shall become necessary to prevent a forfeiture of the bonds so hypothecated, said Fund Commissioner is hereby empowered to re-hypothecate said bonds for that purpose, and for no other whatever.'

``Also, to amend said bill further, by adding the following proviso at the end of the bill, viz:

`` `And provided further, That the Fund Commissioner shall not be authorized to pay interest upon any bonds sold for which a consideration has not been received by the State whenever such bonds shall be found in the hands, custody, power or possession of the original purchasers or contracting powers.' '' House Journal, pp. 89-90. The bill passed both houses substantially as above, and may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1841, pp. 165-66.

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