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


[1]   AD, I-Ar. Although written by Lincoln, these amendments were moved by Alexander P. Dunbar, representative from Coles County. The amendments were adopted, but the first, calling for a change from ``twentieth'' to ``twenty third,'' was later amended to ``28th.'' The bill itself, calling for removal of the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield, was a project of the Sangamon ``Long Nine'' as a whole. Strategy called for its being introduced first in the Senate, probably because bills passed by the Senate usually had less trouble in the House. Although Lincoln did not write the bill, he was in a sense its author in a larger degree than he was of numerous bills which are preserved in his hand-writing. Certainly it was Lincoln more than any other member of the legislature who was responsible for its final passage. Lincoln moved a final amendment, which passed on February 24, as follows: ``The General Assembly reserves the right to repeal this act at any time hereafter'' (House Journal, Tenth General Assembly, First Session, p. 702). The act appears in Laws of Illinois, 1837, pp. 321-22.