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Monday, July 5, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln is among the attendees at a dinner held at 2:30 in the afternoon at the St. Nicholas Hotel to honor members of Springfield's Pioneer Fire Company. Members of Jacksonville's Union Fire Company, guests of Springfield's firefighters, are also in attendance. Lincoln makes the following toast: "The Pioneer Fire Company. May they extinguish all the bad flames, but keep the flame of patriotism ever burning brightly in the hearts of the ladies." Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 7 July 1858, 3:1; Toast to the Pioneer Fire Company of Springfield, Illinois, 5 July 1858, CW, 2:483.