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

Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Authorize Purchase of a House for the Use of the Governor [1]

[January 24, 1840]

A bill for an act authorizing the purchase of a house for the use of the Governor.

Sec: 1st. Be it enacted by the People of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly: That the Auditor of Public Accounts be and he is hereby authorized to purchase a suitable house and lot, within the town of Springfield, for a residence for the Governor of the state, Provided the same shall not cost more than eight thousand dollars.

Sec: 2nd. The Auditor shall issue his warrant on the Treasury for the amount agreed on by him for said purchase, in favour of the person or persons of whom said purchase shall have been made.

Sec: 3rd. Before issuing his warrant as aforesaid, the Auditor shall particularly enquire into and ascertain that a clear and unencumbered title to the house and lot so purchased can be made; and moreover shall actually take a conveyance of such title to the Governor of the state of Illinois for the use of the People of said state.

Sec: 4th. Upon the completion of such purchase and conveyance, the Auditor shall notify the Governor thereof; and after one month subsequent to said notice, no allowance for house rent, or traveling expenses shall be made to the Governor.


[1]   AD, I-Ar. Several amendments to the bill were offered on the second reading, January 29, and the bill and proposed amendments were indefinitely postponed.