In force Feb.[February] 7, 1835.
AN ACT to locate a State Road therein named, and for other purposes.1
Certain State road vacated.
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the State road leading from Jacksonville in Morgan county, to Quincy in Adams county, (established by an act entitled “An act to locate a State road from Jacksonville in Morgan county to Quincy in Adams county, and for other purposes,” approved, February 25th, 1833,)2 as lies between Meridocia and John Wigle’s in Adams county, be, and the same is hereby vacated.3
Commissioners appointed to locate a certain road.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That John Taylor, senr., Benjamin Kendrick and Harvey Luster of the county of Schuyler, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners
<Page 2>to view, mark and locate a State road from a point on the west bank of Illinois river, opposite Meridocia; thence to the nearest and best route through Mount Sterling to the western boundary line of Schuyler county in the direction of Quincy, doing as little injury to private property as the public convenience will permit.4
Where and when to meet.
Sec. 3. Said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall meet at Mount Sterling on the first Monday in May next, or within one month thereafter, and after being duly sworn by some justice of the peace faithfully to perform the duties required of them by this act, shall proceed to locate said road accordingly. Said road shall be marked in the prairie5 by suitable stakes, well set in the earth, and in the timbered land by hacks and blazes upon the trees. They shall make a return of the location thereof to the county commissioners’ court of Schuyler county, particularly noting all the principal places upon and near said road. Said commissioners shall receive for their services, one dollar and fifty cents each per day, for all the time necessarily employed in said work, together with a reasonable compensation for one hand as a marker, which sum shall be paid by the county of Schuyler. Said road shall, in all respects, be deemed a public highway, and shall be opened and kept in repair as other State roads are.
Approved, Feb. 7, 1835.
1Jacob Vandeventer introduced HB 144 in the House of Representatives on January 22, 1835. After the first reading, the House, on the motion of Abraham Lincoln, dispensed with its rules, read the bill a second time, and referred it to a select committee. The select committee reported back the bill on January 23 with an amendment, in which the House concurred. The House passed the bill as amended on January 24. On January 27, the Senate referred the bill to a select committee. The select committee reported back the bill on January 28 with an amendment, in which the Senate concurred. The Senate passed the bill as amended. On February 7, the Council of Revision approved the bill and the act became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 349, 363, 376, 419, 497, 498; Illinois Senate Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 326, 352, 358, 404, 453, 455, 460; Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 2nd sess., 410.
“An Act To locate A State Road from Jacksonville, in Morgan County, to Quincy, in Adams County, and for other purposes,” 25 February 1833, Laws, of a Private Nature, Passed at the Eighth Session of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois (Kaskaskia, IL: Randolph Free Press, 1833), 156-57.
3Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten text included the words “as lies between Illinois river and the Western boundry line of Schuyler county be and the same is hereby vacated,” after the words “February 25th 1833.” On January 23, the House of Representatives approved an amendment that struck out all of Lincoln’s text after the words “as lies” up to the word “Schuyler” and inserted in lieu thereof the word “within.” On January 28, the Senate amended the House amended text by striking out the words “within Schuyler County,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “between Meridocia and John Wigle’s in Adams county.”
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 363; Illinois Senate Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 358.
4The House of Representatives’s amended text corrected Lincoln’s text in the spelling of “boundary,” and changed his spelling of “Lester.”
Printed Document, 2 page(s), Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at their First Session (Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835), 103-04, GA Session: 9-1