Republicans around the nation paid special attention to the Illinois senatorial campaign of 1858, hoping to aid Abraham Lincoln in his battle against Stephen Douglas—a rising star of the Democratic Party. After the Ottawa Debate, Indiana Republican Congressman Schuyler Colfax wrote Lincoln with advice for future debates upon the Dred Scott and the slavery issue. Colfax cited documents that Lincoln could use in future speeches. The materials supported Lincoln’s opinions on Dred Scott and slavery. He expressed his “deep interest” in Lincoln’s success. (By David Park)
Schuyler Colfax to Abraham Lincoln, August 25, 1858, Oxford, IN, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College