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

Petition to County Commissioners' Court Concerning Road Scrapers [1]

August, 1836

To the Honorable the County Commissioners' Court of Sangamon County Illinois.

Whereas, in the opinion of the under-signed petitioners the ``public good'' requires that said Court take suitable steps to furnish ``Scrapers'' on the public roads within the County,---not only for the purpose of economizing labor, but for the more necessary and laudable object of facilitating, cheapening and comforting the business and travelling operations of our common County. Your peti[ti]oners will not presume to extend remarks or argue the propriety of the above suggesting, believing that the Court will fully appreciate this hint, sanctioned alike by ``Law'' and the just claims of the road-laboring community.

And whereas, a ``Road Tax'' was laid on lands for 1836 by sd. Court the labor accruing to roads from which source will be applied this coming fall, we further suggest the propriety of attendingPage  51 forthwith to this request, that we may enjoy the use of such improvements as may be made in our roads. August 1836


[1]   DS, IHi. The document, not in Lincoln's hand, carries one hundred and thirty-two signatures, including Lincoln's.