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

Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Establish a State Road from Petersburg to Waverly [1]

[January 10, 1840]

A bill for an act to establish a state road from Petersburg in Menard county to Waverly in Morgan county

SEC: 1st. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly: That John B. Broadwell, Franklin Minor [2] and Achilles Morris, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to view mark, and locate a state road from Petersburg in Menard county by way of John B Broadwell's, Berlin, New Berlin and the rail road depot in Sangamon county to Waverly in Morgan county.

SEC. 2nd. That said commissioners or a majority of them shall meet at Petersburg on the first monday of March next, or any time within sixty days thereafter---and after being first duly sworn, shall proceed to locate said said [sic] road, avoiding as much as possible all injury to private property.

SEC: 3rd. That said commissioners shall make out a separate report of so much of the location of said road as lies in each of saidPage  183 counties, and file the same with the clerk of the county commissioners court of the proper county.

SEC: 4th. That said commissioners shall have such compensation out of the Treasuries of said counties as shall be just and reasonable. [3]


[1]   AD, I-Ar. Lincoln wrote and introduced the bill on January 10, 1840, from a select committee to which a petition requesting location of the road had been referred. Again referred to a second select committee of which Lincoln was a member, the bill was amended and reported on January 17, with sundry amendments, by Newton Cloud, representative from Morgan County. The bill as amended and passed by both houses may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1840, p. 64.

[2]   The name of John J. Lemon has been deleted and the name of Franklin Minor inserted, not in Lincoln's hand.

[3]   Sections 4, 5, and 6 as printed in Laws of Illinois were amendments reported by Cloud on January 17.