Every river and stream of the least importance was to be widened, deepened, and made navigable.
A canal to connect the Illinois River
and Lake Michigan
was to be dug, and thus the great system was to be made “commensurate with the wants of the people.”
To effect all these great ends, a loan of twelve million dollars was authorized before the session closed.
Work on all these gigantic enterprises was to begin at the earliest practicable moment; cities were to spring up everywhere; capital from abroad was to come pouring in; attracted by the glowing reports of marvelous progress and great internal wealth, people were to come swarming in by colonies, until in the end Illinois
was to outstrip all the others, and herself become the Empire State
of the union.
served on the Committee
on Finance, and zealously labored for the success of the great measures proposed, believing they would ultimately enrich the State
, and redound to the glory of all who aided in their passage.
In advocating these extensive and far-reaching plans he was not alone.
Stephen A. Douglas
, John A. McClernand
, James Shields
, and others prominent in the subsequent history of the State
, were equally as earnest in espousing the cause of improvement, and sharing with him the glory that attended it. Next in importance came the bill to remove the seat of government from Vandalia
, of course, wanted it. So also did Alton
, and Illiopolis.
But the Long
Nine, by their adroitness and influence, were too much