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Thursday, August 19, 1858.+-

Peoria, IL.

At two o'clock in the afternoon, following the adjournment of the Fourth District's Republican Congressional Convention, approximately 3,000 people gather to hear senatorial candidate Lincoln deliver a speech "from a stand on the east side of the public square." Although inclement weather interrupts his speech, Lincoln completes it "notwithstanding a continued drizzle of rain." One newspaper reports, "those who went to scoff, came away...strong Lincoln men." The newspaper adds, "[the] cool, calm arguments of Lincoln are perfectly irresistible." Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 21 August 1858, 2:3.