Bond of Thomas Mather and Others for the State of Illinois, 22 March 18371
Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Mather, Joseph Klein, Ninian ^W^ Edwards, Gershom Jayne, John Todd, Washing^ton^ Iles, Seth M Tinsley, Philip C Latham, Thomas Moffett, Garret Elkin, Simeon Francis, Ep^h^raigm Darling, Bennet C Johnson, Nicholas Bryant, Jonas Whitney, Peleg C Cannedy, Moses L Knapp, Elijah Iles, George Passfield [,] Wharton Ransdell, William Porter, James L Lamb, Robert Irwin, William P. Grimsley, James [O?] Bell, Virgil Hickox, David Spear, Foley Vaughn, Benjamin Talbott, Jesse B. Thomas ^Jr^, William Butler, Josephus Hewet, Edward D Baker, James Adams, Stacy B. Opdycke, Edmund Roberts, Robert Allen, Bela C. Webster, Archer G. Henrdon, ^A. D. Wright[,] John Capps2^ David Pricket, Erastus Wright, John T. Stuart, Francis Taylor[,] ^Samuel H Treat, Mordica Mobley, James R Gray, Thomas Houghan[,] Thomas Jones ^ are held and firmly bound unto John D Whitesides Treasurer of the State of Illinois, and his successors in office in the penal sum of One hundred thousand Dollars for which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs[,] Executors[,] and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this twenty second day of March One thousand Eight hundred and thirty seven—
The Condition of the above obligation is such That whereas by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois Entitled “An act to permanently locate the Seat of Government of the State of Illinois,” Approved 25th February 1837 it is provided amoungest other things that the said Act shall be null and void unless the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars be donated by individuals and secured by bonds and security to be approved of by the Govenor and made payable to the State Treasurer to become due at such times as the Govenor shall direct,”3 and whereas the permanent Seat of Government for the State of Illinois has been located at Springfield and the said sum of Fifty thousand dollars has been donated by individuals and has been directed by the Govenor to be made payable in three Equal payments, in Six[,] Twelve[,] and Eighteen months from the date hereof, and the intent of this Obligation being to secure the payment of the said donation in pursuance of the said Act, Now if the said obligors in this Bond shall well and truly pay to the said John D Whitesides Treasurer of the State of Illinois, and his successors in Office the said sum of Fifty thousand Dollars in three equal payments, to wit One third thereof in six months; one third thereof in twelve months; and the remaining third Thereof
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in Eighteen months from this dat[e] then the above obligation to be null and void— Otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in Law4
Thomas Mather
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Joseph Klein
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2
Ninian W. Edwards
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3
Gershom Jayne
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John Todd
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Washington Iles
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S. M. Tinsley
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P. C. Latham
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Thomas Moffett
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9
Garrett Elkin
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1[0]
Simeon Francis
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1[1]
Ephraim Darling
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1[2]
Bennet C. Johnson
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1[3]
Nicholas. Bryant.
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1[4]

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1[5]
P. C. Canedy
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1[6]
Moses L. Knapp
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1[7]
Elijah Iles
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1[8]
Geo Pasfield
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1[9]
W Ransdell
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2[0]
Wm Porter
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2[1]
James. L. Lamb
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2[2]
Rob Irwin
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2[3]
Wm P Grimsly
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2[4]
James Bell
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2[5]
Virgil Hickox
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2[6]
David Spear
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Foley Vaughn
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28
Benjamin Talbott
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29
Jesse B. Thomas Jr
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William Butler
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J. Hewett
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32
E. D. Baker
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33
J Adams
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S. B. Opdycke
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35
Edmd Roberts
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Robert Allen
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37
Jonas Whitney
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B. C. Webster
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395
A. G. Herndon
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40
David Prickett
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41
Erastus Wright
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42
John T. Stuart
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Francis Taylor
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44
Saml H. Treat
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M. Mobley
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46
James R. Gray
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T. Houghan
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50
Tho Jones
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A. D. Wright
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John. Capps
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[certification]
03/28/1837
Approved 28th March 1837
Joseph Duncan
Governor of Illinois
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[docketing]
04/22/1837
The Bond of Sundry Citizens of Springfield under the provisions of the 4th Sec[Section] of An “Act to permanently locate the Seat of Goverment of Ilinois[]
[docketing]
Filed 22nd April 1837
John D Whiteside
State Treasurer
1Abraham Lincoln did not author or sign this bond, but he wrote one interlineation, which is marked with a footnote.
2Abraham Lincoln authored this interlineation.
3Stipulated in the proviso, section four, of the act.
4Stephen A. Douglas offered to bring a bill before the General Assembly before the end of the session releasing Springfield from the payment of the $50,000, but Abraham Lincoln and other members of the “Long Nine” objected, insisting that the sum be paid in full.
Springfield paid the first two installments on schedule, but financial difficulties accompanying the Panic of 1837 forced the town to borrow the last payment from and pay through the State Bank of Illinois.
John C. Power, History of Springfield, Illinois (Springfield: Illinois State Journal, 1871), 16.
5“39” written over “40”.
6This certification appears on page 2, but has been transcribed on page 3—after the signatures—in order to connect the signatures to the document text.

Handwritten Document Signed, 4 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)