Amendment to "A Bill for the Relief of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts of Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, and Sangamon Counties," [15 February 1839]1
Amend the first section by inserting immediately before the word "state" in the seventh line, the word "old"
Further amend by adding, as a third section, the following—
Sec:[Section] 3— The clerks of the circuit courts of Franklin, ^Fayette^ and Clinton counties shall be entitled to the same benefits, subject to the same pre-requisites and liabilities under this act, as the ^said^ the clerk of Sangamon county—
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text of this amendment.
On February 6, 1839, Lincoln introduced HB 272, originally titled “A Bill for the Relief of the Clerk of the Circuit court of Sangamon County,” in the House of Representatives. The House referred the bill to a select committee that included Lincoln. Lincoln of the select committee reported back the bill on February 15 with these amendments, in which the House concurred. On February 23, the House passed the bill as amended, on Lincoln’s motion amending the title so as to read “A Bill for the Relief of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts of Sangamon, Clinton, Fayette, and Frankin Counties.” These amendments were included in the bill sent to the Senate and became part of the act that became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 353, 410, 492.
Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, HB 272, GA Session 11-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).