Resolution regarding the Incorporation of a Canal Company, 11 December 18351
On motion of Mr. Lincoln,
Resolved, That a select committee of five be appointed to inquire into the expediency of incorporating a company to construct a canal upon the valley of the Sangamon river, and that they report by bill or otherwise.
Ordered, That Messrs.[Messieurs] Lincoln, Brown, Gordon, Carpenter of Sangamon, and Trower, be that committee.
1Abraham Lincoln introduced this resolution in the House of Representatives on December 11, 1835. The House adopted the resolution and formed a five-person select committee including Lincoln to investigate the wisdom of incorporating a canal company to build a canal on the Sangamon River. On December 12, Lincoln reported the committee’s findings and introduced HB 7 to create the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 2nd sess., 34, 38.

Printed Document, 1 page(s), Journal of the House of Representatives, at the Second Session of the Ninth General Assembly, of the State of Illinois (Vandalia, IL: J. Y Sawyer, 1835), 34