Report of Select Committee regarding the Division of Sangamon County, [13 February 1837]1
The select committee to whom was refered the petition of sundry citizens of Sangamon county, praying the establishment of three new counties, principally from the teritory of the said county of Sangamon; and to whom was also refered the remonstrance of sundry citizens of the same county, against any division or dismemberment of the same, have had the same under consideration and report: That 1437 names are found on the petition, and 2213 on the remonstrance.
Upon this fact, the committee unanamously agree that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted, and, therefore ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject—2
The same committee, to whom were also refered the petitions of sundry citizens of Montgomery & Shelby counties,3 praying the establishment of new counties, find that a majority of neither country has signed the said petitions, and they, therefore, ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject—4

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Lincolns Report
Petition & Remonstrance for & against a division Sangamon
1The text of this document was written entirely by Abraham Lincoln.
On February 9, 1837, Stephen A. Douglas presented to the House of Representatives a petition of citizens from Sangamon County in favor of division of the county. Upon the motion of Abraham Lincoln, the House referred the petition to a select committee of five that included Lincoln, Douglas, John Dawson, William G. Reddick, and John Harris. Dawson presented the remonstrance of those citizens opposed to the division, and the House referred it to the same select committee. On February 13, Lincoln presented this report, in his handwriting, to the House.
Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 527.
2The House granted this request.
Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 584.
3On February 10, 1837, Easton Whitten presented the petition of citizens of Shelby and other counties, requesting the formation of a new county out of Shelby, Montgomery, and Sangamon counties. The House referred this petition to the Lincoln select committee established on February 9.
Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 527, 543.
4The House granted this request.
Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 584.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, GA Session: 10-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)