Petition of Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Sangamon County Commissioners' Court, 3 February 18361
To the county commissioners court for the county of Sangamon.
We the undersigned, being personally acquainted with the insane son of Travice Elmore, for whose maintenance an allowance from the county treasury has already been made,2 believe that the allowance is much too small, and, therefore, recommend that it be increased to a fair compensation for the maintenance and management of an absolute mad man.3
A. Lincoln William Pemberton
E. Greer Francis Regnier
Caleb Carman Bowling Green
Nelson Alley Felix G Green
Samuel Hill Mentor Graham
Elijah Potter Thomas Watkins
G W Maltby
Levi Summers Bennet Abell
Alexr Trent Andrew Maltby
James Baxter Hugh Armstrong
J W Warnsing James Goldsby
John Cogdal Joshua A Miller
James Purkapile
E. J. B Harrison
Clardy Barnett
Edward Potter
John Pemberton
Cason Pemberton
James Miller

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A Petition for the benefit of Travice Elmor[e]
Filed Mar 7th 1836
allowed $16. [per?] [qr?]
1Abraham Lincoln authored this petition and signed his name.
2In 1833, Lincoln had authored and signed a petition that resulted in the Court awarding Zery Elmore $32 per year.
Sangamon County Commissioners Court, Record Book D, 12, Manuscripts Division, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield IL.
3Illinois law authorized county commissioners courts to cover the expenses of the indigent in their counties. Initially covering those persons “unable to earn a livelihood, in consequence of any bodily infirmity, or other unavoidable cause,” in March 1833 the legislature extended the law’s coverage to those suffering from “idiocy” and “lunacy.”
“An Act for the Relief of the Poor,” 5 March 1819, Laws of the State of Illinois (1819), 127-39; “An Act for the Maintenance of the Poor,” 2 February 1827, The Revised Code of Laws, of Illinois (1827), 309-10; “An Act for the Relief of the Poor,” 1 March 1833, The Revised Laws of Illinois (1833), 480-81.
At their March term in 1836, the Court awarded Travis Elmore $32 for the support of his son for the ensuing year.
Sangamon County Commissioners Court, Record Book D, 182, Manuscripts Division, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield IL.

Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)