Vermilion Coal Mining Company
The Illinois General Assembly chartered the Vermilion Coal Mining Company in February 1857. The company was authorized to mine coal, iron, salt, and other minerals, manufacture lime and other minerals, and engage in the transport of these materials, including by boat. Abraham Lincoln wrote the original bill that the act incorporating the company was based.
“An Act to Incorporate the Vermilion Coal Mining Company,” 16 February 1857, Private Laws of Illinois (1857), 999-1000; Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature to Incorporate the Vermillion Coal and Manufacturing Company; Proceedings of the State Board of Equalization (Springfield, IL: State Journal Printing, 1873), lxxxii.