Like many newspapers, the Chicago Times followed the Lincoln-Douglas Debates closely. The Times supported Stephen Douglas in the campaign and wrote accounts of the debates that encouraged readers to vote for Douglas. This article appeared just after the Jonesboro Debate and it declared, "Douglas triumphs over all.” The paper estimated an attendance of five thousand at the debate and concluded that Lincoln supporters "are in the proportion of twelve to a thousand for Douglas and democracy.” According to the Times, Southern Illinois had "but one purpose”—reelect Stephen Douglas to Senate. (by David Park)
"The Campaign.--Douglas at Jonesboro," Chicago (IL) Times, September 17, 1858, in Edwin Erie Sparks, ed., The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1908), 260-261.
The Campaign.--Douglas at Jonesboro
Transcription adapted from The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (1908), edited by Edwin Erle Sparks
Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College