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Thursday, November 17, 1859.+-

Springfield, IL and En route to Mt. Vernon, IL.

From an account at the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Lincoln writes a check payable to "Wife" in the amount of $10. Check of Abraham Lincoln to Mary Lincoln, 17 November 1859, Riggs Bank Archive, PNC Financial Services Group, Washington, DC.

Lincoln departs Springfield by train headed for the Illinois Supreme Court term in Mt. Vernon to participate in the case of People v. Illinois Central RR. He travels from Ashley, Illinois, on the route of the Illinois Central Railroad, the final sixteen miles to Mt. Vernon by stagecoach. Thirteen-year-old James Watson much later recalls riding on Lincoln's lap in the crowded stagecoach. Abraham Lincoln to Michael G. Dale, 8 November 1859, CW, 3:493-494; Mt. Vernon Register News (IL), 5 August 1930, 3:3.

[ Mrs. Lincoln buys cloth and socks at Smith's. Pratt, Personal Finances, 160.]