Amendment to “A Bill in Relation to Promissory Notes,” [30 January 1840]1
Provided that nothing herein shall be construed to legalize the taking of more than twelve ^per cent interest^ per annum interest in any case whatever—

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1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text of this amendment. The docketing on page two is in another hand.
On January 30, 1840, Abraham Lincoln proposed this amendment to HB 128, introduced by John H. Murphy in the House of Representatives on January 15. The House referred the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary. On January 24, the committee reported back the bill without amendment. On January 30, the House agreed to Lincoln’s proposed amendment, and passed the bill as amended. On January 31, the House requested that the Senate concur in passage of the bill, but the Senate took no action.
Illinois House Journal. 1839. 11th G. A., special sess., 167, 239, 263, 296; Illinois Senate Journal. 1839. 11th G. A., special sess., 220.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 128, GA Session 11-S, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).