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

To the County Commissioners' Court [1]

June [2], 1834

To the county commissioners court for the county of Sangamon at its June term 1834.

We the undersigned being appointed to view and locate a road. Begining at Musick's ferry on Salt Creek. (Via) New Salem to the county line in the direction to Jacksonville---respectfully report---that we have performed the duties of said view and location as required by law and that we have made the location on good ground and believe the establishment of the same to be necessary and proper.

The enclosed Map [2] gives the courses and distances as required by law [3]





[1]   ADS, DLC-RTL.

[2]   See facsimile on facing page, which shows the portion of the road in the area near New Salem. Lincoln notes the ``Whole length of the road'' as being ``26 miles & 70 chains.''

[3]   Endorsement in pencil on the report, not in Lincoln's hand:

A. Lincoln 5 days at $3.00 $15.00

John A. Kelsoe chain bearer for 5 dys at 75 cts $3.75

Robert Loyed $3.75

Hugh Armstrong for services as axeman 5 dys at 75 cts. 3.75

A. Lincoln for making plat & report $2.50

Portion of a Map of the Road from Musick's Ferry, June 2, 1834

Robert Todd Lincoln Collection, Library of Congress

Map of South Boundary Line of Section 24---Township 17, November 4, 1834

Illinois State Historical Library