President Lincoln addresses Illinois Land Claims

August 24, 1863

President Lincoln writes a memorandum about Illinois land claims: “Under that provision of the United States Constitution which requires the President to take care that the Laws be faithfully executed, I am requested to cause a sum of money to be paid from the Treasury of the United States to the State of Illinois.”

By the sixth Section of the Illinois enabling act, approved April 18, 1818, it was among other things, provided that two per cent of the net proceeds of the sales of the United States lands, within Illinois, and which should be sold after the 1st. day of January 1819, should be disbursed under the direction of Congress in making roads leading to the State—this under a condition that the State should not tax the lands sold within five years of the day of sale.

President Lincoln writes Secretary of the Interior John Palmer Usher regarding the claim: “By the within you see the claim of Illinois for the two per cent. on sales of public lands is again presented.  My view of the case is not changed. I believe the law is with the State; and yet I think it is ungracious to be pressing the claim at this time of national trouble.”

Presidential aide John Hay writes Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner: “The President directs me to thank you for your kindness in sending him the letters of Mr. Bright and Mr. Cobden, which I now return, and to express the gratification with which he has read them.”  In afternoon Hay leaves for vacation in New York and Long Branch, New Jersey.

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