Joint Resolution of Illinois General Assembly to Abraham Lincoln, 19 February 18491
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois, the Senate concurring herein that our Senators in Congress be instructed and our Representatives requested to use their influence in favor of pre-emption rights being granted to persons now actual settlers on the Public Domain that may be granted to this State for building rail roads or other internal improvements.2
Z. Casey
Speaker of the House of Reps[Representatives]
William. McMurtry
Speaker of the Senate.

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Pre-emptions on lands granted for Internal improvement purposes.
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Resolutions of the legislature of the State of Illinois relative to Preemptions on lands granted for Internal improvement purposes.
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Feb[February] 19, 1849
laid upon the table & ordered to be printed
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1Richard A. Bradley introduced this resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives on January 11, 1849, and the House adopted it. The Senate concurred on or before January 17.
Illinois House Journal. 1849. 16th G. A., 62, 116; Illinois Senate Journal. 1849. 16th G. A., 60, 64.
2Stephen A. Douglas introduced this resolution in the U.S. Senate on January 31, 1849. The Senate tabled the resolution and ordered it printed. On February 19, Abraham Lincoln introduced the resolution in the U.S. House, and the House tabled it and ordered it printed.
U.S. Senate Journal. 1849. 30th Congress, 2nd sess., 168; U.S. House Journal. 1849. 30th Congress 2nd sess., 474.

Handwritten Transcription, 2 page(s), Volume Volume 59, RG 233, Entry 370: Thirtieth Congress, 1847-1849, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Originals of Printed House Miscellaneous Documents, 1847-1849, NAB.