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Saturday, March 2, 1839.+-

Vandalia, IL.

Dawson of Sangamon moves that House appropriate $2,000 each to Menard, Logan, and Dane counties. Motion fails, it being introduced only to call attention to Senate amendment granting $2,000 to Scott County. Lincoln and Dawson call for vote and amendment fails 51 to 13. [House adjourns sine die 4 March 1839.] House Journal.

State Representative Lincoln writes to Bond County resident William S. Wait, who apparently has concerns about the recently passed "Revenue law." Lincoln argues that the state needs the new property tax because "the wants of the Treasury were increasing with the increase of population." Lincoln maintains that the measure "does not increase the tax upon the 'many poor' but upon the 'wealthy few.'" He points out that while the tax may be unpopular with "the wealthy... they are not sufficiently numerous to carry the elections."Abraham Lincoln to William S. Wait, 2 March 1839, CW, 1:147-48.