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Friday, July 19, 1844.+-

Vandalia, IL.

In the morning, Lincoln is in Vandalia, where supporters of Whig presidential candidate Henry Clay gather for a "Mass Convention." A newspaper reports that approximately 6,000 people attend, including "1000 ladies." The report adds, "A procession was formed at 11 o'clock, and marched to the Grove out the West end of the town, where they partook of a plentiful Barbecue." After lunch, the attendees return to town and listen to Lincoln and several others deliver "strong arguments in support of whig doctrines; and with thrilling eloquence."Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 25 July 1844, 2:2, 8 August 1844, 3:2-4.