Petition of Peter Pruyne and Others to William F. Thornton, 20 July 18371
To Genl Thornton
Sir the undersigned having heard with regret that you design to resign your Station as President of the Board of canal commissioners beg leave to say that they would regard such a result as deeply affecting the progress of the work and to express their hope that you will continue in your station untill the next session of the General Assembly2
Very Respectfully your
Obt[Obedient] Servant
Peter Pruyne
Wm J Gatewood John S. Hacker
Henry Madden Benjn Mitchell
Braxton Parrish A. G. S. Wight
Job Fletcher A. Lincoln William Orear
Jos Naper L. R. Noel
John Logan John C Reiley
S. M. Bartlett O. H. Browning
Archibald Williams James Turney
John Dougherty. Wm Thomas
James Craig Jas. B. Moore
Wm Moore Joseph Borough
Elijah Willard John Allen
Richd Bentley William Weatherford
Cyrus Edwards
John Moore of McLean R K McLaughlin
E. B. Webb Wm Stadden
R. B. Servant [. . .?]
John W Vann
James Semple Albert G Leary
Ben: Bond Henry J Mills

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Genl ThorntonPresent
1Peter Pruyne authored the petition. Abraham Lincoln signed his own name only.
2Governor Joseph Duncan appointed Thornton as President of the Board of Canal Commissioners in 1836. In 1837, the position became elective and the legislature elected Thornton to the Board. Thornton was re-elected to his office in March 1839 and he served until 1841.
John H. Krenkel, Illinois Internal Improvements, 1818-1848 (Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch Press, 1958), 31-32, 38, 41, 46, 123, 125; Report of the Canal Commissioners of Illinois to Governor John R. Tanner (Springfield, IL: Phillips Brothers, 1901), 105.

Autograph Document Signed, 4 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)