Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln
Pratt, Harry E.

ELEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 1838-1840

First session convened at Vandalia, Dec. 3, 1838; adjourned Mar. 4, 1839. Salary: $4 a day and $4 for each 20 miles of travel to and from Springfield. House of Representatives in session 78 days. Lincoln received salary for 92 days, which in|cluded 13 Sundays and Christmas day when the House was not in session.

Dec. 18, 1838, Lincoln received warrant for $100.

Mar. 1, 1839, Lincoln received warrant for $302.

$368 was for salary and $34 was for traveling expense.

Total cost of session, for salaries and traveling expenses of officers and members: $63,641.20—an average of $691.75 a day.

Second session convened at Springfield, Dec. 9, 1839; adjourned Feb. 3, 1840, salary $4 a day.

House of Representatives in session 47 days. Lincoln received salary for 57 days, which included 8 Sundays and Christmas and New Year's day.

Dec. 24, 1839 Lincoln received warrant for $100.

Feb. 1, 1840 Lincoln received warrant for $128.

$228 was for salary, no traveling expense allowed.

Total cost of session, for salaries and traveling expenses of officers and members: $45,243,64—an average of $793.75 a day.