Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To the House of Representatives [1]

January 5, 1865

To the House of Representatives of the United States.

I herewith return to your honorable body, in which it originated, a ``Joint Resolution to correct certain clerical errors in the Internal Revenue Act'' without my approval.

My reason for so doing is, that I am informed that this Joint Resolution was prepared during the last moments of the last session of Congress, for the purpose of correcting certain errors of reference in the Internal Revenue Act, which were discovered on an examination of an official copy procured from the State Department, a few hours only before the adjournment. It passed the House and went to the Senate, where a vote was taken upon it, but by some accident it was not presented to the President of the Senate for his Signature.

Since the adjournment of the last session of Congress, other errors of a kind similar to those, which this resolution was designed to correct, have been discovered in the law, and it is now thought most expedient to include all the necessary corrections in one Act or Resolution.

The attention of the proper Committee of the House, has I am informed, been already directed to the preparation of a bill for this purpose. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Executive Mansion,

January 5, 1865.


[1]   DS, DNA RG 233, House Executive Document No. 123. The joint resolution (H. R. 123) introduced and passed on July 2, 1864, was presented to Lincoln on December 21. The act to amend the act of June 30, 1864, was approved by Lincoln on March 3, 1865.