Springfield: Wm. Walters, Public Printer, 1841. Original quarter calf and pale blue paper over boards. Gilt-lettered morocco spine label. 359, [1 blank], xxxiv pp. Institutional rubberstamp on blank portion of title page, library rules on blank front pastedown. Clean text. Very Good.
This Session of the Illinois General Assembly enacted significant legislation in the history of the Mormon Church: the Charter of the City of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo House Association, the Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association, appointment of a Notary Public of Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo Legion.
The Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo [pages 52-57] created the form and government of that Mormon city. In addition to the usual corporate powers-- including elections, a court system, and the right to establish a university-- the Act authorized organization of a militia: "The city council may organize the inhabitants of said city subject to military duty into a body of independent military men, to be called the `Nauvoo Legion,' the court martial of which shall be composed of the commissioned officers of said legion, and constitute the law making department, with full powers and authority to make, ordain, establish and execute all such laws and ordinances as may be considered necessary for the benefit, government, and regulation of said legion. Provided said court martial shall pass no law or act repugnant to, or inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States... Said legion shall be exempt from all other military duty..."
Pages 131-132 print the "Act to incorporate the Nauvoo House Association," whose principals include "George Miller, Lyman Wright, John Snyder, and Peter Hawes, and their associates... [T]hey are hereby authorized to erect and furnish a public house of entertainment to be called Nauvoo House..."; and "whereas Joseph Smith has furnished the said association with the ground whereon to erect said House, it is further declared that the said Smith and his heirs shall hold by perpetual succession a suit of rooms in the said house, to be set apart and conveyed in due form of law..."
The act incorporating the Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association is printed at pages 139-145, and names its principals as Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith, and Orson Pratt. The attachment to the Road Act on p.223 provides that "any citizen of Hancock county, may, by voluntary enrollment, attach himself to the Nauvoo Legion, with all the privileges which appertain to that independent military body."
Abraham Lincoln was a member of this Assembly, as part of the Sangamon County delegation in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was a Whig Party leader who "fought hard to save the state bank and its various branches, which the Democrats sought again to eradicate" during this session. [Oates, With Malice Toward None 56 (Harper Paperback 1994)]. Declaring "his share of responsibility" for Illinois' improvident internal improvements program, he "helped enact emergency measures to raise money and pay the interest on the state debt..." [id]. This was his final legislative session.
Flake & Draper 4203. Byrd 636. Buck 1239. Item #33266