Amendment to “A Bill for the Organization of the County of Van Buren,” [23 December 1836]1
add to third section of amendment)
Provided that the paying over ^by the proprietors of the said village of Petersburg^ to the county commission[ers] of the said new county, one fourth of the procee[ds] of the sales of the lots already sold, shall be deemed a sufficient compliance with the provisions [of] this act in regard to the lots so sold.
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the text beginning with “Provided that.” This amendment was proposed to amend the Amendment to “A Bill for the Organization of the County of Van Buren”. In 1836, Sangamon County encompassed parts of the present-day counties of Christian, Logan, Menard, and Mason. The new county proposed by this bill would have included present-day southern Mason County and most of present-day Menard County.

Handwritten Document, 1 page(s), Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL)