No. 2 (C) Diagram of the State of Illinois
Illinois the year Chicago received its city charter.
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This early survey of Illinois was published to accompany a Congressional Report from the St. Louis General Land Office in 1837. Issued at a scale of 18 miles to the inch, the detailed image provides a fascinating overview of the ‘Land of Lincoln’ while Honest Abe was working in the state legislature.
A block of text in the lower-left details the various letters and symbols found within each outlined township. Certain districts are numbered and outlined with hand color. Annotations within identify their particular circumstances, such as requiring re-survey or in breach of contract. The ten different locations of the General Land Offices in Illinois are listed in the upper left. Only a handful of additional settlements are labeled.
Publication Date: 1837
Author: General Land Office
Sheet Width (in): 15.4
Sheet Height (in): 24.3
Condition Description: Several streaks of soiling visible in the upper half of the sheet and a closed 4" tear on the left side. Light wear and minor offsetting visible in a few places throughout the image. One faint damp stain can be seen in the right margin, well away from the image, and there's a small chip in the page in the upper left corner. Good condition overall, with vibrant original hand color.
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