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

Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Relocate a Part of State Road Leading from William Crow's in Morgan County to Musick's Bridge in Sangamon County [1]

[July 19, 1837]

A bill for an act to relocate a part of the state road leading from William Crow's in Morgan county to Musick's bridge in Sangamon county. [2]

SEC 1 Be it enacted by the People of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly: That Reuben Harrison, Dallis [3] Scott and Elihu Bone, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to view mark and relocate so much of the state road leading from William Crow's in Morgan county to Musick's bridge in Sangamon county as lies between the head of Richland creek and the Sangamo river.

SEC 2. Said commissioners shall meet at the house of Peter Cartwright on the first monday in September next or on any other day agreed on by them within six months from the passage of this act, and after being duly sword, shall proceed to relocate the part of the said road above mentioned, avoiding the injury of private property as much as the public convenience will permit.

SEC 3 said commissioners shall make a map and report of said relocation and file the same with the clerk of the county commissioners court of Sangamon county; and shall receive out of the treasury of said county such compensation as the county commissioners may deem reasonable.

SEC. 4 The road as now traveled from Springfield to Rochester both in Sangamon county, be and the same is hereby declared a state road and shall be worked and kept in repair as other state roads are.

SEC. 5. That Samuel K. Miller, James Fyffe, and James Lanterman be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to view and locate a state road leading from Lawrenceville to Russelville, in Lawrence county.

Page  86SEC. 6. The said commissioners shall meet in Lawrenceville, on or before the second Monday in August next, or as soon thereafter as convenient, and after being sworn by some justice of the peace impartially to locate the same, they shall commence at Lawrenceville, thence by James Nabbs' bridge, across the Embarrass river, to the centre school house in Allison prairie, and from thence to Russelville on the most convenient and practicable ground, doing as little injury to private property as possible.

SEC. 7. The said commissioners shall, as soon as convenient, cause to be filed with the clerk of the county commissioners' court of Lawrence county, a report and complete map of said road, which report and map shall be preserved and shall form a part of the record of said court. Said road, when so established, shall be kept in repair as other state roads are; and the county commissioners' court of Lawrence county shall allow the said viewers not more than one dollar and fifty cents per day for their services.

SEC. 8. The inhabitants of the town of Petersburg, in Sangamon county, may hereafter be incorporated according to the provisions of the general town incorporation act, notwithstanding said town may not contain one hundred and fifty inhabitants. [4]


[1]   AD, I-Ar. Introduced by Lincoln on July 19, the bill was immediately amended by Edward J. Oneille, representative from Lawrence County, with sections 5, 6, and 7, which do not appear in the bill in Lincoln's hand. Section 8 is in Lincoln's hand on the verso of the sheet containing sections 1 to 4, but was apparently not offered as an amendment. The inference is that Lincoln, in agreement with Oneille, left sections 5 to 7 for his colleague to provide. The bill became law and may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1837 (Special Session), pp. 71-72.

[2]   The introduction of this bill, carrying a similar title to the bill introduced on December 11, 1835 (supra), was occasioned by a petition of sundry citizens of Sangamon County praying the review of the earlier bill, provisions of which were unsatisfactory.

[3]   Dallas Scott.

[4]   See letter to John Bennett, August 5, 1837, infra.