William B. Warren to Abraham Lincoln, 30 June 18581
Hon. A. Lincoln,Dr[Dear] Sir,
Yourself and family are respectfully invited to partake of a dinner to be given by the citizens of this place, on Saturday, the 3d day of July, in commemoration of our National Anniversary.2
W. B. Warren
Chmn Com[Chairman Committee]; &c[etc]

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Hon A. LincolnSpringfieldIll.
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W. B. Warren3
1William B. Warren wrote and signed this letter, including the address on the envelope.
2No response to this letter has been located, and it does not appear that Abraham Lincoln attended the dinner. According to the Illinois State Journal, Lincoln arrived in Jacksonville to celebrate American Independence on the morning of July 3; there is no mention of his wife or his sons Robert, Willie, or Tad traveling with him. The town hosted a procession of fire companies, bands, German gymnasts, marshals and officers, and a carriage carrying Lincoln and other politicians. After a reading of the Declaration of Independence and several speeches, everyone attended a barbecue. The evening included a hot air balloon and fireworks. At 9 p.m., Lincoln embarked on a train to return to Springfield.
Citizens of Princeton, Illinois invited Lincoln to join them for Fourth of July festivities, but Lincoln instead spent the day in Springfield. Lincoln also declined an invitation to attend Independence Day celebrations held on July 5 in Chicago. He attended an afternoon dinner in Springfield honoring the Springfield Pioneer Fire Company.
Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 6 July 1858, 2:2-3; The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 3 July 1858, https://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1858-07-03; 4 July 1858, https://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1858-07-04; 5 July 1858, https://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1858-07-05.
3Lincoln wrote this docketing.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).