Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Statement in Illinois Legislature
Concerning Internal Improvements [1]

February 15, 1839

Mr Lincoln admitted that Sangamon county had received great and important benefits, at the last session of the Legislature, in return for giving support, thro' her delegation to the system of Internal Improvement; and that though not legally bound, she is morally bound, to adhere to that system, through all time to come!


[1]   Vandalia Free Press, February 21, 1839. The last phrase suggests some degree of exaggeration in this report.