Additional Rule of the House of Representatives of Illinois, [4 January 1839]1
Mr. Lincoln moved to adopt, as an additional rule of this House, the following:
“No bill shall be referred or amended after its engrossment for the third reading, without the consent of two-thirds of the members present.”
Mr. Williams moved to strike out the words “its engrossment for the;” which was agreed to.
Mr. Williams moved further to amend the resolution by adding after the word “after,” the words “it is ordered to a;”

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On the further motion of Mr. Williams,
The whole was laid on the table.2
1A version of this rule in Lincoln’s hand is not extant. The House Journal attributes the second line to Lincoln.
2On January 5, 1839, the House of Representatives passed a further amended, final version of this rule together with a second rule.
There were fifty “Rules for the Government of the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois,” at the start of the 1st session of the 11th General Assembly.
Additional Rules Adopted by the House of Representatives of Illinois; Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 22-26.

Printed Document, 2 page(s), Journal of the House of Representatives of the Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Illinois (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1838), 167-68, GA Session 11-1,