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Thursday, January 17, 1839.+-

Vandalia, IL.

Lincoln reports from Finance Committee plan to pay for internal improvements. Federal government should sell to state 20,000,000 acres of public lands at 25ยข an acre. State would borrow money to buy land and resell it at $1.25 an acre. Report is tabled. Lincoln enters debate on "partiality" in federal government's handling of tax money collected in Illinois.House Journal; Photocopy; Remarks in Illinois Legislature Concerning Resolutions in Relation to Purchase of Public Lands, 17 January 1839, CW, 1:132-34.