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