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Monday, August 29, 1853.+-

Lincoln, IL.

First sale of lots takes place in new town. Ninety are sold at prices ranging from $40 to $150. [According to tradition Lincoln is present. At noon he purchases two watermelons and carries one under each arm to public square. There he invites Latham, Hickox, and Gillette, proprietors, to join him, saying, "Now we'll christen the new town."] Lawrence B. Stringer, ed., History of Logan County, 2 vols. (Chicago: Pioneer Publishing Co., 1911), 1:568-69.