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

Amendment Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to an Act to Amend an Act Concerning the Public Revenue Approved February, 1837 [1]

[January 2, 1840]

[Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ill]inois [represen]ted in [the General Assembly:] [2] That hereafter all RevolutionPage  182 pensioners within this state, shall be permitted to loan all or any part of the money which they may have acquired exclusively by means of their pensions, without paying any tax whatever, therefor.

The assessors of the several counties within this state, shall take the production of the regular pension certificate from the War office of the United States, as sufficient evidence, that the person therein shown to be a Revolutionary pensioner is a Revolutionary pensioner; and shall then take the statement upon honor of such pensioner, as sufficient evidence of the facts whether he has any money loaned other than that acquired by means of his pension, and if so, how much, and on all other questions deemed necessary and proper under this act.


[1]   AD, I-Ar. Lincoln wrote this as an individual bill bearing the title ``A bill for an act exempting Revolutionary pensioners from taxation on loaned money,'' but immediately following the introduction of an ``act to amend an act concerning the public revenue, approved February 1837,'' Lincoln moved his bill as an amendment in the form of an additional section. Both were referred to the committee on finance and died there, although a new bill bearing the title ``An act to amend an act concerning the Public Revenue, approved 26th February, 1839'' was reported from the committee on January 13 and finally became law without Lincoln's section providing for Revolutionary pensioners.

[2]   The title and enabling statement have been torn off the document.