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Monday, July 4, 1859.+-

Atlanta, IL.

In the morning, Lincoln attends the July 4 festivities held at Turner's Grove, located one mile outside of Atlanta. Following music, an opening prayer, and a "[r]eading of the Declaration of Independence," Lincoln's friend and fellow Springfield resident, James H. Matheny, delivers a speech. Afterward, Sylvester Strong presents Lincoln with a custom-made cane. In the evening, Lincoln attends an ice cream social at the Congregational Church. A newspaper reports, "Speeches at large were made by Gen. Matheny and Hon. A. Lincoln. Matheny quoted the poets and Lincoln talked about eating. The Fourth of July closed at Atlanta on the morning of the fifth." Lincoln Weekly Herald (IL), 6 July 1859, 2:2; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 9 July 1859, 2:1; Lawrence B. Stringer, History of Logan County, Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer Publishing, 1911), 226-228.