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 William Butler. Hardin had been nominated the Whig candidate for congress in the Seventh District by the convention at Pekin on May 1.
 At Jacksonville, on October 6, Morgan County Whigs paid the election bet at a barbecue. Sangamon County gave Hardin a majority twice as large as his majority in Morgan County.
 See ``Address to the People of Illinois,'' March 4, 1843.
 Lincoln refers to the cavalry broadswords which were to have been used in his duel with Shields. See ``Memorandum,'' September 19, 1842, supra.