Springfield: Wm. Walters, Public Printer, 1840. 121, [1 blank] pp. Illinois Senate & H.R., 11th Assem. 2d Session. Disbound, inner margin spotted and reinforced. Light scattered foxing. Good+.
The Joint Select Committee's work, a notable Lincoln rarity, comprises three numbered Reports on the Condition of the State Bank, with accompanying Documents consisting primarily of Special Interrogatories propounded by the Select Committee, and answers thereto. Lincoln was a member of the Joint Select Committee, a co-signer of Report No. 1, and a leading Whig who justly shouldered some blame for the Bank's parlous condition. "Lincoln, a member of the committee from the House, took part in the various meetings of the committee" [Monaghan]. Entries also record his name in other portions. 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: 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. Not in Byrd. Item #38184