Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
[January 5, 1839]

Rule --- No Bill shall be committed or amended on the question of its passage, except by the consent of two thirds of all the members present

Rule --- When any petition remonst[r]ance or claim is presented by a member and such member may not desire its reading, he may make the motion to dispense with its reading and ask its refer[e]nce at the time of presentation---and the chair may consider the motion as agreed to, unless some member should object and so state to the House