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Tuesday, October 3, 1854.+-

Springfield, IL.

State Fair is in progress, and politicians make it occasion for meetings. In afternoon Douglas speaks in hall of House. Singleton and Harris follow with short talks. When they have finished, Lincoln announces that he or Trumbull, or both, will answer Douglas next day. Chicago Journal, 5 October 1854.

Wednesday, October 4, 1854.+-

Springfield, IL.

At two o'clock Lincoln takes stand and answers Douglas. He speaks for more than three hours. Douglas is present, interrupts occasionally, and as soon as Lincoln has finished speaks in reply. Illinois Journal, 5 October 1854; Register, 6 October 1854.

Antislavery radicals, under name "Republicans," announce meeting next day. Owen Lovejoy tries to induce Lincoln to attend, but he refuses. Speech at Springfield, Illinois, 4 October 1854, CW, 2:240-47.

Thursday, October 5, 1854.+-

Springfield, IL to Pekin, IL.

Lincoln leaves Springfield to attend court in Tazewell County, partly with intention of avoiding entanglement with radicals. First Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois, 21 August 1858, CW, 3:1-37.

Friday, October 6, 1854.+-

En route to Pekin, IL.

Since there was no railroad connection between Springfield and Pekin, and distance was too great to be covered in one day, Lincoln must have spent most of this day en route. Lincoln writes and sends to Clinton plea and notice in Dye v. Illinois Central RR. Photocopy.

Saturday, October 7, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln appears for Benjamin Kellogg, Jr., in two cases. In first—Flint & Matthews v. Kellogg—court finds in favor of plaintiff and assesses his damages at $54.05. In second, forgery case before court May 9, 1854, Lincoln writes and files affidavit for continuance. Two other cases are continued. Record; Files.

Monday, October 9, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

Lincoln writes order of court, which David Davis signs, permitting complainants in Wilkey et al. v. Bailey et al. to file bill of revivor. By mutual consent court tries Green v. Glasgow and orders that plaintiff recover $387.45 and costs from defendant, whom Lincoln represents. He also loses a chancery suit, Ex parte Doolittle, when the court decides against his client, the petitioner. Record; Files.

Tuesday, October 10, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

As defense attorney in Brown et al. v. Ayers et ux., Lincoln calls witnesses. Photocopy.

Wednesday, October 11, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

State's attorney dismisses forgery case against Benjamin Kellogg, Jr. Record.

Thursday, October 12, 1854.+-

Pekin, IL.

Eight of Lincoln's cases are called. Only one is concluded, Hamilton v. Haines et al., before court May 10, 1854. Defendants default, and court decrees that they pay to Lincoln's client amount of their mortgage debt and interest, $2,412.33. After motions are made in several of other cases, all are continued, and court adjourns. Record.

Monday, October 16, 1854.+-

Peoria, IL.

Lincoln and Douglas meet again. Douglas commences to speak at two o'clock and does not finish until after five. Lincoln takes stand and proposes that meeting adjourn until seven, since his will be extended address. At seven people reassemble, and for three hours Lincoln speaks, substantially as he had at Springfield. Illinois Journal, 21 October 1854; Peoria Press, 18 October 1854; Speech at Peoria, Illinois, 16 October 1854, CW, 2:247-83.

Tuesday, October 17, 1854.+-

Lacon, IL.

Lincoln and Douglas, announced to speak here, arrive in town but neither makes address. Lacon Journal, 11 October 1854; Herndon & Weik, 300-01.

Thursday, October 19, 1854.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln returns home. David McCulloch, History of Peoria County (Chicago: Munsell, 1902), 150.

Tuesday, October 24, 1854.+-

Urbana, IL.

Lincoln arrives for fall term of Champaign Circuit Court. Whitney describes him riding into town "behind his own horse, which was an indifferent, raw-boned specimen, in his own blacksmith-made buggy—a most ordinary looking one." Henry C. Whitney, Life on the Circuit with Lincoln (Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1892), 30.

In evening Lincoln makes anti-Nebraska speech at court house. Henry C. Whitney, Life on the Circuit with Lincoln (Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1892), 215; Urbana Union, 26 October 1854.

Wednesday, October 25, 1854.+-

Urbana, IL.

Notations in Lincoln's hand on judge's docket show that he sits as judge in 11 cases this term. Photocopy.

He writes order of court appointing W. D. Somers guardian ad litem in Porter et al. v. Busey et al., petition for partition continued from May term. Record.

Thursday, October 26, 1854.+-

Decatur, IL.

Taylor v. Moffett, ejectment, Lincoln for defense, is continued by agreement. Record.

Friday, October 27, 1854.+-

Chicago, IL.

Lincoln speaks on Nebraska Bill before large audience at North Market Hall. Newspaper comments: "The impression created by Mr. Lincoln on all men, of all parties, was first, that he was an honest man, and second, that he was a powerful speaker. Abraham Lincoln never trims a speech to suit a latitude—he is always the same man." Chicago Journal, 30 October 1854; Speech at Chicago, Illinois, 27 October 1854, CW, 2:283-84.

Saturday, October 28, 1854.+-

Chicago, IL and Urbana, IL.

Lincoln returns to Urbana. Chicago Journal, 30 October 1854.

Sunday, October 29, 1854.+-

Urbana, IL to Decatur, IL.

Lincoln must have spent entire day driving to Decatur, eastern terminus of Great Western Railroad, which he had to take to get to Naples next day.

Monday, October 30, 1854.+-

Jacksonville, IL and Naples, IL.

Lincoln, on his way to Quincy to speak on behalf of Williams, anti-Nebraska candidate for Congress, writes Yates that as he stopped in Jacksonville he learned that the English in Morgan County were dissatisfied about Know-Nothingism. To remedy this he suggests that copies of letter he encloses be placed in hands of "safe friend" in every precinct having substantial number of foreign citizens. Abraham Lincoln to Richard Yates, 30 October 1854, CW, 2:284.

Tuesday, October 31, 1854.+-

Naples, IL and Quincy, IL.

Lincoln takes stage from Naples to Quincy. It is dark before he reaches there. He meets Abraham Jonas, English Jew who is one of his most faithful supporters. Abraham Lincoln to Abraham Jonas, 21 July 1860, CW, 4:85-86.

He writes another letter to Yates, brief, on same subject. Abraham Lincoln to Richard Yates, 1 November [31 October] 1854, CW, 2:284-85.