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Tuesday, September 28, 1858.+-

Winchester, IL.

Large delegation goes from Jacksonville to Winchester. Lincoln is late, but overtakes escort. "His horses were white with sweat and he and his friends were black with dust." Lincoln speaks at meeting west of town, and barbecue follows. Illinois State Journal, 2 October 1858; ISLA—Statement of E. F. Lomelino, Ms.

Lincoln writes a few lines of poetry in Rosaline Haggard's album. Rosaline's father, Robert E. Haggard, operates a Winchester hotel. Lincoln writes, "To Rosa—You are young, and I am older; You are hopeful, I am not—Enjoy life, ere it grow colder—Pluck the roses ere they rot. Teach your beau to heed the lay—That sunshine soon is lost in shade—That now's as good as any day—To take thee, Rosa, ere she fade." Verses: To Rosa Haggard, 28 September 1858, CW, 3:203.