With much at stake for the Republican Party during the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, fellow Republicans aided Abraham Lincoln in any way possible. In this letter, Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull offered Lincoln advice for the remaining debates. Trumbull noted that a Richmond Enquirer article misinterpreted Stephen Douglas' Freeport speech as advancing a slave code to protect slavery in the territories. He suggested that Lincoln ask Douglas questions based upon the article because Douglas' answer would "set the whole pro-slavery Democracy against him." Trumbull also assured Lincoln that his friends offered their full support. (By David Park)
Lyman Trumbull to Abraham Lincoln, September 14, 1858, St. Louis, MO, 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