Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
December 13, 1838

Upon the question shall the resolution [2] pass---ayes and nays called for---before being taken Lincoln rose and said that he hoped the resolution would pass, as it merely proposed an inquiry into the expediency of amending the law---or an examination into the fact whether the present law was defective. The resolution was amended by striking out the word ``repealing'' and inserting the word ``amended.''

Mr. Baker then spoke in opposition to the resolution on ground that it would give too much power to the creditor over those who are struggling to secure their homes. He was also opposed to this constant spirit of innovation.

Mr. Lincoln replied that he or Baker were mistaken, and explained his view of the proposed alteration. Under the present law, he said, few appeared at the sale of property, and the judgment creditor usually bids it in at half its value. The owner supposed that he would be able to redeem, but was frequently unable, and his property was thus sacrificed under the operation of this law. Baker admitted this true.