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


[1]   AD, I-Ar. This was probably Lincoln's first chore at lawmaking. John T. Stuart introduced the bill on December 6, 1834. The first one and one-half pages of the manuscript appear to be in Stuart's hand. Then come the portions which are in Lincoln's hand, except for an occasional insertion by Stuart, as given here. A third amanuensis carries on for the remainder of the manuscript, which is incomplete. The entire law as finally approved may be found in Laws of Illinois, 1835, pp. 229-35.

[2]   This paragraph is crossed out.

[3]   The rest of this sentence and the next are not in Lincoln's hand.

[4]   Lincoln's hand begins again at this point.

[5]   Remainder is not in Lincoln's hand.