Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Opinion on the Two-Mill Tax [1]

[Decr. 1, 1858]

Under these circumstances it remains with the General Assembly to determine, in their wisdom, whether any means can and shall be devised, to relieve the people from the payment of the two mill tax, while, at least as now, the collection of that tax is but a useless burthen upon them.

Annotation

[1]   AD, IHi. The above date has been assigned this manuscript by the Illinois State Historical Library. The editors have been unable to confirm its accuracy. The two-mill tax had been provided for in Article XV of the State Constitution of 1848, which specified that ``The fund so created shall be kept separate, and shall annually . . . be apportioned and paid over pro rata upon all such state indebtedness, other than the canal and school indebtedness. . . .''