A Bill for the Relief of Incorporated Towns, [18 January 1840]1
1 Be it enacted by the People of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly—That hereafter in the assessment of ^real^ property it shall be the duty of the assessors made under the provisions of the law act entitled "an act concerning the Public Revenue" approved Feby[February] 26th 1839, it shall be the duty of the assessors to put in a separate column all such ^real^ property as may be assessed in incorporated towns—2
2 Real estate situate in incorporated towns shall ^pay a state tax but shall ^ not hereafter be taxed for county purposes– And it shall be lawful for the President & Trustees of towns to assess such taxes on the real estate situate within the limits of their respective incorporated towns as to them may seem proper not exceeding one half of one per cent—3

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A Bill for an act for the relief of incorporated Towns
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read 1 & refused 2 reading—
Jan 9_th '40
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Refd. com Judiciary ^ Finance— ^
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Laid on the table.
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1John Henry introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on January 9, 1840. On January 10, the House referred the bill to the Committee on Finance, of which Abraham Lincoln was a member. The Committee on Finance reported back the bill on January 18 with an amendment, and the House tabled the bill and proposed amendment.
Illinois House Journal. 1839. 11th G. A., special sess., 141, 143, 202.
2The original act only ordered assessors to specify the county in which the property was located.
3On January 18, 1839, the House Committee on Finance proposed an amendment to strike out this section and replace it with a new second section.
Illinois House Journal. 1839. 11th G. A., special sess., 202.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 114, GA Session 11-S, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).