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Saturday, September 25, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln returns Saturday evening. Learning of his arrival, Republican Clay Club serenades him. Lincoln appears and thanks his friends "for this renewed manifestation of their regard for the principles he defends." He retires amid "deafening cheers," followed by an old friend, Henry Chew, who tells him of his need for furniture to begin housekeeping and lack of money. Lincoln writes note saying that if anyone will give Chew $25 worth of furniture, and Chew does not pay by January 1, 1858, Lincoln will. He is obliged to do so in February 1859. Illinois State Journal, 27 September 1858; Response to a Serenade at Springfield, Illinois, 25 September 1858, CW, 2:203; Statement Concerning Henry Chew, 25 September 1858, CW, 3:202-3.

[Mrs. Lincoln buys five pounds of coffee ($1). Pratt, Personal Finances, 149.]