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Report of Committee on Public Accounts and Expenditures regarding the Contingent Fund, [16 December 1834]1
Mr Speaker
The committee on public accounts and expenditures to which was refered the report of the Auditor of public accounts relative to the contingent fund2 have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report— That in their opinion, the principal part of said fund has not been misapplied— The committee, however, are of opinion that some charges which have been allowed are exorbitant— and have resulted in a useless expenditure of the public money— The committee ask to be discharged from the further consideration of this subject—

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Report of Com on Pub. accts[Committee on Public Accounts and Expenditures]
on Contingent fund
laid on table
1Although Abraham Lincoln wrote this report, John D. Hughes presented it to the House on December 16, 1834, and the House laid the report on the table. On December 17, Lincoln moved that the report be taken up for consideration, but the House refused to do so.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 124, 129.
2The House referred the auditor’s report to the committee on public accounts and expenditures on December 13, 1834.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 53-56, 114-15.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).