REPORTS FROM THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE TO ENQUIRE INTO THE CONDITION OF THE STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS, TOGETHER WITH THE ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS, MADE TO BOTH HOUSES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. JANUARY 21, 1840. READ IN BOTH HOUSES, AND LAID ON THE TABLE. Abraham Lincoln.

REPORTS FROM THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE TO ENQUIRE INTO THE CONDITION OF THE STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS, TOGETHER WITH THE ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS, MADE TO BOTH HOUSES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. JANUARY 21, 1840. READ IN BOTH HOUSES, AND LAID ON THE TABLE.

Springfield: Wm. Walters, Public Printer, 1840. 121, [1 blank] pp. Illinois Senate & H.R., 11th Assem. 2d Session. Light scattered foxing. Disbound, a few leaves loosening, else Very Good.

The Reports are a notable Lincoln rarity. Lincoln served as a member of the Joint Select Committee and was a co-signer of Report No. 1. "Lincoln, a member of the committee from the House, took part in the various meetings of the committee" [Monaghan]. Entries record his name in a variety of places in the Report. According to Monaghan, the Report is Lincoln's third appearance in print, preceded by only two items in 1839.
A member of the Sangamon County delegation in the Illinois House of Representatives since 1837, and a Whig Party leader, Lincoln "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.] With Lincoln's help, the Session revived the Charter of the State Bank of Illinois, which had been forfeited for refusing to pay its notes.
Monaghan 3. Item #35798

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