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Tuesday, October 4, 1842.+-

Springfield, IL.

Gen. Whiteside sends quasi-challenge to Dr. Merryman to meet him at Planters House, St. Louis, Friday. Merryman appoints Lincoln his second. Lincoln acts as messenger. Affairs resolves itself into quibbles about notes. High excitement prevails in Springfield.Sangamo Journal, 14 October 1842; Statements Concerning the Whiteside-Merryman Affair, [4] October 1842, CW, 1:302; Abraham Lincoln to Joshua F. Speed, 5 October 1842, CW, 1:302-3.