A Bill for the Relief of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County, [6 February 1839]1
Sec[Section]. 1 Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly, that whenever the clerk of the circuit court of Sangamon county shall make out a fee bill in due form of law, for services rendered by him or by his predecessor in office, as clerk, in all cases in which the president and directors of the3 State Bank of Illinois were a party, so far as said services were rendered for said Bank, and for which it is, or would be liable, as such party, and shall transmit the same to the Auditor of Public Accounts, said Auditor shall issue his warrant upon the Treasury in favour of said clerk for such an amount as may be so h shown to be due him—
Sec: 2 Said clerk, in making out said fee bill, shall be liable to the same penalties and forfeitures for any violation of the present law regulating fees as he would be in any other case—4
A bill for an act for the relief of the clerk of the circuit court of Sangamon county—
sel. com.[select committee]
2On February 6, 1839, Abraham Lincoln introduced this bill in the House of Representatives. The House referred the bill to a select committee that included Lincoln. Lincoln of the select committee reported back the bill on February 15 with amendments, in which the House concurred. On February 23, the House passed the bill as amended, on Lincoln’s motion amending the title so as to read “A Bill for the Relief of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts of Sangamon, Clinton, Fayette, and Frankin Counties.” On March 1, the Senate indefinitely postponed further consideration. The Senate later re-considered that vote, referring the bill to a select committee. The select committee reported back the bill on March 2 with an amendment in which the Senate concurred. The Senate passed the bill as amended. That same day, the House concurred with the Senate amendments. The House and Senate having laid the bill before the Council of Revision, and ten days not having intervened before the adjournment of the 1st session, and the Council having no objections, the act became law on December 9, the first day of the special session.
Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 353, 410, 435, 492, 595, 597; Illinois Senate Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 407, 485, 491-92, 498, 507.
3On February 15, 1839, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment which added the word “old” before the words “State Bank of Illinois.”
Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 410.
4An 1827 law governed fees of clerks of circuit courts.
“An Act regulating the Salaries, Fees and Compensation of the Several Officers and Persons Therein Mentioned,” 19 February 1827, Revised Laws of Illinois (1827), 206-208.
On February 15, 1839, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment adding a section giving the clerks of the circuit courts of Franklin, Fayette and Clinton counties the same benefits, and requiring the same liabilities and requirements, as those given to and required for the clerk of the Sangamon County Circuit Court. On March 2, the Senate adopted an amendment adding a section requiring that all fee bills be certified for judges of the circuit courts. Both of these new sections appeared in the act that became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 410; Illinois Senate Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 498.
Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 272, GA Session: 11-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)