Petition of William G. Jeter and Others to the Sangamon County Commissioners' Court, [30 November 1836]1To the Honorable the County Commissioner's Cou[r]t for the county of Sangamon, Illinois.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Sangamon county respectfully request, that your Honorable body will pass an order for the establishment of a county road to co[m]mence at Middletown near Musick's bridge. Thence the nearest and best rout to Meaddows' Mill at the Sugar Grove. Thence, as near as the ground will permit, with the Section line runing one mile North of the Northern boundry of Townships Eighteen, to the county line.2
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1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text of this petition, but did not sign it.
On December 5, 1836, Coleman Smoot presented this petition to the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court, who ordered James Pantier, William Sampson, and James Meadows to view the road. The three commissioners reported back to the court on March 6, reporting that they approved of the road. The court then ordered the road to be opened and kept in repair by the county.
Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court Record Book D, 5 December 1836, p. 268, 6 March 1837, p. 288, Manuscripts Department, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL.
Handwritten Document Signed, 4 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)