The Lincoln-Douglas Debates garnered so much attention that New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung, a German-language newspaper, sent journalist Henry Villard to cover them. In his memoirs, Villard reminisced about his first meeting with Abraham Lincoln at Freeport, Illinois. He “found [Lincoln] most approachable, good natured, and full of wit and humor.” However, he “could not take a personal liking” to Lincoln because of his fondness for “coarse” humor. Villard insisted that the Republicans would have been better off had no one challenged Stephen Douglas’ reelection. (By David Park)
Henry Villard, Memoirs of Henry Villard Journalist and Financier, 1835-1890 (2 vols; New York: Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1904), 1: 93-94.
Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College