It is a matter of great personal consequence to me that our Illinois Rail Road bill should be acted on this session. May I hope you will help me suspend the rule to take it up? A LINCOLN
 ALS, IHi. This note was probably written while Lincoln was in congress. On January 17, 1848, Representative Robert Smith of Illinois, introduced H.R. 87, a bill to grant to the State of Illinois a right of way through the public lands, to aid in the construction of the Northern Cross Railroad. The bill was referred to the committee on public lands, but was never reported. On February 8, 1849, S. 13, another bill to grant the State of Illinois a right of way through public lands was laid before the House and referred to the committee on public lands. Representative Jacob Collamer reported the bill and moved that it should pass. There was no second. On February 28, Representative Samuel F. Vinton moved that the bill be reconsidered. Consideration was postponed. On March 3, Representative John Wentworth moved to consider Vinton's motion of February 28, but following debate the motion was tabled and the bill died.