The lot for the lawyers who rode the Eighth Judicial Circuit was generally one of bad food, bad weather, and poor accommodations. However, this was not the case when it came to the Macon house hotel in Decatur. The Macon House with its proprietors at the time, Mr. and Mrs. David Drone, was a respite for the lawyers from their usual fare. Whenever the lawyers were in Decatur for court, they all vied to stay at this hotel. It was known throughout the Circuit for its delicious food, clean beds, and genial atmosphere.
Life for the lawyers while traveling on the Eighth Circuit was generally one of tedium. Travel time between county seats was filled with monotony and boredom. Lincoln was not immune to boredom, which he would combat by studying while traveling. During his time on the Circuit, Lincoln had time enough to "nearly master" the six books of Euclidean geometry. After arriving at the county seat, Lincoln would like to spend his free evenings discussing politics and joking with fellow attorneys. Whenever possible, Lincoln would go to any show or concert in the town. One of Lincoln's contemporaries, H. C. Whitney, stated that whenever there was a company called the "Newhall Family" in the town Lincoln would be in attendance since the singer, Mrs. Hillis, was the only woman, besides his wife, "who ever seemed to exhibit any liking for him.?
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:18am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 332912 N 4412095|
|Decimal Degrees||39.84245000, -88.95290000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 50.547', W 88° 57.174'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 50' 32.82" N, 88° 57' 10.44" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 166-198 N Franklin St, Decatur IL 62523, US|
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