Recollection by Joseph Medill, Freeport Debate, August 27, 1858

Joseph Medill, detail
Joseph Medill, editor and owner of the Chicago Tribune, accompanied Abraham Lincoln for much of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Fifty years later, he recollected riding the train with Lincoln from Ottawa to Freeport and claimed that Lincoln discussed with him a strategy for the upcoming debate. Medill recalled advising Lincoln not to ask a question that “opens the door” for Douglas to escape the “tight place in which he finds himself on the slavery question.” Lincoln, however, ignored the advice and Medill noted that it cost him the senate seat but won him the presidency. (By David Park)

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Source citation
Joseph Medill, “A Reminiscence of Lincoln,” Chicago (IL) Tribune, May 9, 1895, in Edwin Erle Sparks, ed., The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1908), 203-206.
Newspaper: Publication
  Chicago Sunday Tribune
Date Certainty
  Transcription adapted from The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (1908), edited by Edwin Erle Sparks
  Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College