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Resolved that the Committee on Courts of Justice ^Finance^ be instructed to enquire into the expediency ^and constitutionality^ of increasing the public revenue by a tax on original writs on the seal of any county commissioners court on the seal of the state when affixed to any writings intended to be sent out of the state on all Civil Commissions, on each appeal to the Supreme Court, on each supersedias, ^or^ writ of error issued from the supreme Court, and on each deed or other writings entered of record, ^and that they report by bill or otherwise^2

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1On January 9, 1841, David M. Woodson introduced the resolution in the House of Representatives, and the House adopted it the same day. In response to this resolution, the Committee on Finance, of which Abraham Lincoln was a members, reported HB 192 on February 4.
Illinois House Journal. 1840. 12th G. A., 203, 323.
2David M. Woodson offered the resolution because he believed that a tax on deeds would not fall disproportionately on the poor, nor would it be as oppressive or burdensome as a more direct tax.
Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL), 5 March 1841, 1:6.

Handwritten Document, 2 page(s), Folder 426, GA Session: 12-2, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL) ,