With Democratic and Republican journalists present at each debate, Lincoln and Douglas feared offering fodder to the opposition’s press. Here Abraham Lincoln apologized to Martin P. Sweet for an instance in the Jonesboro Debate where he felt he mentioned Sweet unfavorably. Lincoln wrote to Sweet expressing his apprehension that Douglas’ “villainous reporters” may attack their relationship. Assuring Sweet that he could never “feel, much less intentionally say anything disrespectful to you,” Lincoln hoped to avoid a future conflict. (By David Park)
Abraham Lincoln to Martin P. Sweet, September 16, 1858, Centralia, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 3: 144, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Sweet, Martin P.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College