A Bill Supplemental to the Charter of the Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company, [27 February 1841]1
An act supplemental to the charter of the Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road company2
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly, That the Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company be, and they are hereby authorized to take and appropriate the work and materials upon so much of the rail-road from Lower Alton via Upper Alton and Hillsborough to3 the Central Rail-road as is already done and furnished— and to continue along the line of said rail-road from Lower Alton to the Central Rail-road as far as they may deem proper— and further to connect the turnpike or rail-road contemplated in their4 charter with the Northern Cross Rail-road at any5 convenient point between Jacksonville and Springfield, and to use so much of the said road between Jacksonville and Springfield as they shall deem6 necessary ^(^free of any tolls or charges whatever^)^ in common with the State or any Company7 to which the same may be granted: Provided always that the State or Companies to whom the same may be granted shall have the free and full use and enjoyment of the aforesaid State works without cost or charge in common with the said Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company. And Provided further that the said Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company shall enter into bond of [...?] shall enter into bond
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with sufficient security to the Governor conditioned for the faithful application of the materials aforesaid and for the efficient commencement of their said road withinyears and for the final completion of the same withinyears from and after the passage of this act.
Sec. 2. The Governor, upon the filing of such bond in an amount sufficient to cover all damages which may be sustained by the State, shall authorize the said Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company to have and take the materials aforesaid and use the same as herein directed.
Sec. 3. That the Proviso in the ninth section of the Act to which this is an amendment, ^(^and also so much of the first section of the said Act as authorizes the construction of the road from Alton "to a point on the Mississippi river opposite to St. Louis,"^)^ be and they are hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. That all acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act be and the same are hereby repealed—
Sec. 5. This Act to take effect from and after its passage.

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Sec: 4th That any time afteryears from the completion of said Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road, or a Rail Road in lieu thereof as authorized in the charter of said Company, the state shall have the previlege of purchasing said road, by paying to said Company the original cost of said Road (exclusive of the value of the work and materials obtained from the state as herein before provided) together with such a sum, by way of interest, as may, when added to the profits said Company may have received from said road, equal an annual interest ofper cent on said original cost, in case said profits shall have fallen short of such annual rate per cent.
Sec: 5. That all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed—
Sec: 6. This act to take effect from and after it's passage—

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1Abraham Lincoln wrote the title of the bill at the top of the first page, Sections 4, 5, and 6, and the bill’s title on the back page.
Abraham Lincoln introduced this bill in the House of Representatives on February 4, 1841. On Lincoln’s motion, the House referred the bill to the Committee on Internal Improvements. The Committee on Internal Improvements reported back the bill on February 6 with amendments, in which the House concurred. The House referred the bill to the Committee on Finance, on which sat Lincoln. Lincoln of the Committee on Finance reported back the bill on February 15 with amendments and, on Lincoln’s motion, the House tabled the bill. On February 17 the House, on Lincoln’s motion, took up the bill, placing it among the orders of the day. On February 22, the House ordered the bill engrossed, only to reconsider and rescind that vote later in the session. The House amended the bill by adding another section. The House tabled an amendment making stockholders responsible for the payment of all debts and liabilities by a vote of 40 yeas to 29 nays, with Lincoln voting yea. The House refused to engross the bill by a vote of 31 yeas to 40 nays, with Lincoln voting yea. On February 23, the House reconsidered the vote against engrossment by a vote of 55 yeas to 19 nays, with Lincoln not voting. The House then tabled the bill. On February 25 the House, on Lincoln’s motion, took up the bill, ordering it engrossed by a vote of 48 yeas to 23 nays, with Lincoln voting yea. The House passed the bill on February 27. The Senate concurred that same day. On February 27, the Council of Revision approved the bill and the act became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1840. 12th G. A., 325, 336, 400, 418, 466-68, 470, 514, 528, 549, 556, 569; Illinois Senate Journal. 1840. 12th G. A., 433, 437-38, 441, Illinois State Register (Springfield), 26 February 1841, 2:2.
2The Illinois General Assembly chartered the Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company on March 1, 1833.
“An Act to incorporate the Springfield and Alton Turnpike Road Company,” 1 March 1833, Laws of a Private Nature, State of Illinois (1833), 77-82.
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Handwritten Document, 4 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 201, GA Session: 12-2, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)