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McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,330 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.1
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 408
Added to site: 2004.11.16
mnybks.net#: 9403
Genre: Periodical
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al of the capital to Springfield began in 1833, and in the summer of 1836 the people of Vandalia, becoming alarmed at the prospect of their little city's losing its prestige as the seat of the State government, tore down the old capitol (much complaint being made about its condition), and put up a new one at a cost of $16,000. The tide was too great to be checked; but after the "Long Nine" had secured the passage of the bill taking the capital to Springfield, the money which the Vandalia people had expended was refunded. The State-house shown in this picture was the third and last one. In it Lincoln served as a legislator. Ceasing to be the capitol July 4, 1839, it was converted into a court-house for Fayette County, and is still so used.--_J. McCan Davis._]

[Illustration: LINCOLN'S SURVEYING INSTRUMENTS--PHOTOGRAPHED FOR McCLURE'S MAGAZINE.

After Lincoln gave up surveying, he sold his instruments to John B. Gum, afterward county surveyor of Menard County. Mr. Gum kept them until a few years ago, when h

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