Lyman Trumbull to Abraham Lincoln, September 14, 1858

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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.
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Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

St. Louis, Sept. 14. 1858.

I have just been reading an article in the Richmond Enquirer, which will be republished in the Democrat of to-morrow, & which will be sent you--

It strikes me it would be well for you to put another question to Douglas after reading this article-- You will see that the Enquirer chooses to understand Douglas Freeport speech as favoring the passage of a slave code by Congress for the protection of slavery in the territories-- D. of course meant no such thing, & not having seen the dodge of the Enquirer would probably answer promptly that Congress possessed no such power, or that he was opposed to its exercise if it did--

This would effectually use him up with the South & set the whole pro-slavery Democracy against him--

I spoke to a very enthusiastic meeting at Waterloo yesterday, though it was not large-- Our friends in that county are enthusiastic & determined to make the best fight in their power-- The right spirit is up everywhere--

Yours truly

Lyman Trumbull

Should you think advisable to put another question to D. founded on the Enquirer's article, some one ought to take down & report his answer so as to have it published--

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