Sec[Section] 1st Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly.
That from and after the first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, the seat of justice in and for the County of Franklin shall be deemed and held to be at the Town of Benton in said County, and all terms of the Circuit Court required to be held in and for said County, and sessions of the County Commissioners Court, which may be held after the above named date, shall be holden in the Town of Benton
Sec 2nd It is hereby required that from and after the time specified in the first section of this act, that the public records, with all proceedings of a judicial or military character required to be performed at the County seat, are hereby required to be done and performed in the aforesaid Seat of justice in and for the said County of Franklin.
Sec 3rd It shall be the duty of the Circuit, and County Commissioners Clerks, with the Sheriff of said County, in the discharge of their official transactions, to conform in all respects with the foregoing requisitions of this act, likewise all public officers required to reside at the county seat.
Sec 4th That all monies which may have accrued from the sale of Town lots in the aforesaid Town of Benton, or that may hereafter accrue in virtue of any future sale of
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said property is hereby expressly required to be expended in the erection of the necessary public buildings, and for no other purpose until otherwise directed by law.
This act to take effect from and after its passage
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passed Dec. 11th 1840
J Calhoun clk.[clerk] H. R.

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A Bill for an act declaring the Town of Benton the permanent seat of justice for the County of Franklin
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Handwritten Document, 4 page(s), Folder 8, HB 11, GA Session 12-2, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL) ,