A Bill Supplemental to “An Act to Establish the Counties of Menard, Logan and Dane,” 20 February 18391
A bill for an act supplemental to an act to establish the counties of Menard, Logan and Dane2
Sec:[Section] 1st Be it enacted by the People of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly: that the officers to be elected under the provisions of the act to which this is supplemental shall hold their offices respectively as long after the next August election as they would do under the general law if they had been elected at said August election—3
Sec: 2— In all elections for a Senator or Senators in the district composed of the counties of Menard, Logan, Dane and Sangamon, the clerks of the county commissioners courts of the three first named counties, shall, within ten days after each election, return abstracts of the votes given for a Senator or Senators to the clerk of the County Commissioner's court of Sangamon county, who shall, in presence of two Justices of the Peace, compare said abstracts, together with the votes given to such Senator or Senators in Sangamon county; and shall, as soon as convenient, make out, and deliver to a certificate of election to the person so shown to be elected—4
Sec: 3. In all elections for a Representative to the General assembly, in the counties of Logan and Dane, the clerks of the county commissioner's courts of said counties shall, within ten days after each election, meet at the county seat of Logan county, and shall, in the presence of two Justices of the Peace, proceed to compare the votes given in said counties for Representative; and also to make out a certificate of election for the person so shown to be elected; which certificate shall be delivered to such person as soon thereafter as convenient—5

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Sec: 4. Militia duty shall be performed in the counties of Menard, Logan, Dane, and Sangamon, as if no division had been made—
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Passed H. R. Feb. 20th 1839
D. Prickett Clk.[Clerk] H. R.

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1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text of this bill and the title on page four.
2On February 20, 1839, Abraham Lincoln introduced this bill in the House of Representatives to address deficiencies in An Act to Establish the Counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane, approved on February 15, 1839. The House passed the bill on February 20. On February 26, the Senate passed the bill. On February 28, the Council of Revision approved the bill, and the act became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 455, 456, 462, 529, 549, 566; Illinois Senate Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 375, 426-27, 447-48.
3Section ten of the act to which this bill was supplemental called for elections to be held on the first Monday in April, 1839, in each of the new counties. The general law governing elections enacted in 1829 had stipulated that on the first Monday in August 1830, and on the first Monday in August biennally thereafter, there would be elections for county officials.
“An Act Regulating Elections,” 10 January 1829, Revised Laws of Illinois (1829), 67.
4Section thirteen of the act to which this bill was supplemental allowed the four counties together two senators.
5Section thirteen of the act to which this bill was supplemental allowed Logan and Dane counties together one representative.

Handwritten Document, 4 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 340, GA Session, 11-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)