Although Lincoln and Douglas gave numerous speeches while canvassing the state, the seven Lincoln-Douglas Debates were the main focus of the campaign. In his letter to Joseph O. Cunningham, a prominent Republican lawyer from Ottawa, Lincoln mentioned that he hoped to see his friend at a future speech in either Urbana or Monticello. He also expressed concerns about his performance in the Ottawa Debate. Lincoln admitted that the “fire flew some” and exclaimed that after the debate he was “glad to know that I am yet alive.” (By David Park)
Abraham Lincoln to Joseph O. Cunningham, August 22, 1858, Ottawa, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 3: 37, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Cunningham, Joseph O.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College