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In force Feb. 16, AN ACT to authorize the payment of accounts against the war fund, barred

by the limitation as to time of presentation. WHEREAS, by virtue of the provisions contained in section

five of the act, approved May 2d, 1861, entitled “ An act creating a war fund, and to provide for auditing all accounts and disbursements arising under the call for volunteers,” all claims and accounts accruirig against the state for war expenses or disbursements, specified in said act, not presented for adjustment within three months from the accruing of the same, or be considered as donated to the state and not thereafter be allowed ; And whereas, many meritorious claims for services performed and articles furnished have been excluded from payment, justly due, in consequence of ignorance of the aforesaid provision of said act, and in consequence of the inability of the parties to whom the same were due to present the same to the board of commissioners at Springfield, owing to absence in the army and elsewhere; and whereas, the board of commissioners, appointed by virtue of said act, have examined and certified the correctness of all such claims presented to them as appeared to them meritorious, but which were excluded from being paid by said provision of the act aforesaid ; therefore, SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois

, represented in the General Assembly, That the audiAccounts certi- tor of public accounts be and he is hereby directed to issue fied to be paid. his warrants on the treasurer of the state of Illinois in pay

ment of all such accounts, so certified by said commissioners, the same being first approved by the governor, in the manner provided by said act of May 2d, 1861.

8 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED February 16, 1865.

In force Feb. 15,


AN ACT for the transfer of the war fund to the revenue fund.

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War warrantshow paid.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of

Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the war Far fund trane: fund, now in the treasury, be transferred, on the warrant of

the auditor, to the revenue fund, and that all receipts of war fund hereafter be credited to the revenue fund.

§ 2. That all outstanding war fund warrants, when paid, be so paid from the revenue fund; and all auditor's warrants hereafter drawn for the payment of claims against the war fund be drawn against the revenue fund.

$ 3. This act shall be in force and take effect from and after its passage.

APPROVED February 13, 1865.



AN ACT providing for the appointment of watchmen for the public buildings In force Feb 9,

in the city of Springfield, and for the payment of the same.




SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the secretary of state and state treasurer are hereby authorized Watehmen and required to employ watchmen, whose duty it shall be to guard and carefully preserve from fire the public buildings in the city of Springfield.

$ 2. That such watchmen shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the secretary and treasurer, and may be discharged at their pleasure.

$ 3. That such watchmen shall receive such compensa- Pay of watchm'n. tion as shall be agreed upon by the secretary and treasurer, who shall certify the time of service and rate of compensation; and upon presentation of such certificates to the auditor of public accounts, he is directed to issue his warrants upon the treasury for the amounts so certified, and the treasurer is directed to pay such warrants out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

$ 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED February 9, 1865.


Action of Gov.
Yates approv'd.

cent. fund.

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein :

First. That the action of his excellency, Richard Yates, in appointing an agent to prosecute the claim of the state for the recovery of the two per cent. road fund, meets the entire approbation of this assembly.

Second. Resolved, That we regard the right of the state

to said fund as legal and just, and that we most respectfully Claim to two per but earnestly urge upon the executive department, at Wash

ington, to direct the payment of the same; that to withhold it longer would be, in the opinion of this general assembly, an act of gross wrong to the people of Illinois, and subversive to her well established right to said fund.

Third. Resolved, The Hon. Isaac N. Morris, agent for

the state, be requested, as he is hereby authorized and emAgent to contin- powered, to continue his labors in her behalf in the matter

of obtaining said two per cent. fund, and that he be fully authorized and empowered to do and perform, in behalf of the state, any and every act necessary to be done and performed for the recovery and receipt of said fund.

Fourth. Resolved, That the agent of the state be directed,

in behalf of the state, to lay an authenticated copy of the Copies to depart. foregoing resolutions before the executive department at

Washington, and ask its early attention thereto and consideration therein.

APPROVED January 20, 1865.

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Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That the governor be, and he is hereby re

spectfully requested to purchase from Alexander Starne, Gov. to purchase canal b’ds with state trustee, with the Illinois Central railroad fund, the Illi11. C. R. fund. nois and Michigan canal bonds, received by said trustee in

redemption of the property purchased by said trustee at a sale made by the master in chancery of Sangamon county,

upon a judgment in favor of the state of Illinois and against Joel A. Matteson and others; said bonds to be so purchased at the par value thereof without interest.

APPROVED January 20, 1865.

Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That the governor be, and he is hereby respectfully requested to immediately appoint some suitable Gov. to appoint agent, whose duty it shall be to proceed, without delay, to agent to receive the city of Washington, for the purpose of procuring and States. paying into the state treasury all moneys due from the general government to the state of Illinois, in organizing, arming and equipping, clothing, subsisting and transporting United States troops.

APPROVED February 4, 1865.

WHEREAS, the congress of the United States has proposed Preamble.

to the several states the following amendment to the federal constitution, viz:


"S 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

“Ş°2: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation ;' therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives, Mlinois concurring herein, That the state of Illinois, by its legisla- constitution of ture, hereby ratifies and assents to said amendment.

APPROVED February 1, 1865.

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Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, representing the People of the General Assemly, That the deepest sympathy of the whole people of Illinois are with Illinois remem. the families and friends of the brave and gallant field and beys her soldier staff officers, and with those of the numerous line officers, and the host of non-commissioned officers and privates, who




have gloriously fallen on the battle-field, during the progress Tribute to the of the present war in defence of their imperiled country

and its free institutions; and we hereby tender to them, one and all, the assurance that their noble dead are not and shall not be forgotten ; that we shall ever tenderly cherish their memories and be proud of their noble deeds, whilst we deeply and sincerely condole with those who mourn for the loved and lost.

Resolved, That our soldiers in the field, who so nobly

responded to their country's call, in the hour of her peris, Gratitude to the are entitled to the undivided gratitude of the state. Living, soldiers in the they shall know a nation's gratitude; wounded, a nation's

care, and, dying, they shall forever live in the memory Families shall be of every true patriot; their widows and children become

the cherished objects of the nation's guardianship and watchful care; while posterity shall delight to erect monuments to perpetuate the remembrance of their name and virtues.

Resolved, That the secretary of state transmit to the officers commanding regiments or other organizations from this state, now in the service of the country, copies of the foregoing resolutions, with a request that they be read to their respective commands; and all newspapers in this state are requested to insert the same in two numbers of their papers.

APPROVED February 9, 1865.


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pone draft.

WHEREAS, under the present call for 300,000 men, the state

of Illinois is called on for 32,892 men; and whereas, in the distribution of quotas by counties and sub-districts great injustice is done the people of the state; therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate

concurring herein, That we earnestly request our governor Quota of Illinois, to interfere in behalf of her citizens, and protect them from

the unequal distribution in the assignment of quotas.

Resolved, That it is the sense of this general asse:nbly that the draft be postponed, for the purpose of correcting enrollment lists throughout the state, that justice may be done and good feeling established among all'her people.

Resolved, That, while we pledge ourselves and our property in support of the government, to put down the rebellion, we are not willing to submit to injustice, and we

hereby earnestly request the president to cause the provost New basis desi. marshal general to establish a new and just basis, from

which to assign quotas under the present call.

Resolved, That we condemn the practice of allowing men enrolled in one district to enlist and be credited to another,


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