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Friday, July 3, 1857.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln draws agreement by which ten men pledge $500 "to be used in giving circulation, in Southern and Middle Illinois, to the newspaper published at St. Louis, Missouri, and called 'The Missouri Democrat.' " Money is to be paid to John G. Nicolay as soon as he shall furnish evidence indicating successful termination of undertaking. Seven men besides Lincoln sign agreement. Agreement Regarding the Missouri Democrat, 3 July 1857, CW, 2:410.

[In Decatur, Lincoln's case (for plaintiff, with Prather), Gatling et al. v. Great Western RR, is argued before court and taken under advisement. Record.]