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

Amendments Introduced in Illinois Legislature
Concerning Bill to Provide Payment for Work on State House [1]

January 26, 1841

Mr LINCOLN moved to amend by inserting a proviso, that if any one of the obligors in the bond shall pay his proportionate share of indebtedness, he or they shall be free from all further obligation on the bond.

Mr Ross moved to lay the above amendment on the table; which was negatived. Yeas 36, nays 39.

Mr CAVARLY moved to refer the bill and amendments to a select committee. . . .

Mr LINCOLN deprecated delay; the wants of the workmen were most urgent, and he hoped no delay would take place.

Mr PECK spoke against delay. . . .

Mr LINCOLN moved to strike out $20,000 and insert $30,000, which was agreed to; and the bill ordered to a third reading.


[1]   Illinois State Register, February 5, 1841. The Sangamo Journal, January 29, 1841, merely mentions this debate, which ensued upon the tabling of John J. Brown's amendment, supported by Lincoln on the preceding day (vide supra). The House Journal does not record the full discussion and omits reference to the first of Lincoln's amendments.