Fellow Whig legislators Joseph Gillespie(left) and Asahel Gridley (right) joined Lincoln in leaping from the Methodist Church window in an ill-fated attempt to stop a legislative vote. "We have not learned whether there flying members got hurt," wrote bemused Democrats; Lincoln, they assumed had not "as it was noticed that his legs reached nearly from the window to the ground!" Democratic editors suggested that workers add a third story to the new statehouse "so as to prevent members from jumping out of the windows!....Mr. Lincoln will in (the)future have to climb down the spout!"
No pictures exist of the wood frame Methodist Church that stood on this corner from 1831 to 1854. A visitor described it as "a modest-looking meetinghouse which speaks more for the simple piety of the inhabitants, than the ostentatious taste of the citizens." The state legislature, circuit court, and private schools also used the building. But the old church eventually proved too small. In 1854 members dedicated a new brick building with seating capacity for 500. The graceful $700 spire blew down, however, during a violent storm - "a rebuke from the Lord for the extravagance and pride of the Methodists of Springfield in these latter days," declared the Rev. Peter Cartwright (hence, the "spireless" picture).
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:20pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273188 N 4408843|
|Decimal Degrees||39.79933333, -89.64921667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 47.96', W 89° 38.953'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 47' 57.60" N, 89° 38' 57.18" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 500 E Monroe St, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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