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Recollection by Mary Hastie Boutelle, Galesburg Debate, October 7, 1858

Even in 1858 most people knew that the Lincoln-Douglas Debates would be historic. Parents rounded up their families to experience this once-in-a-lifetime campaign firsthand. Mary Boutelle, a young girl in 1858, recalled her father and mother taking her to Knox College in Galesburg to hear the campaign’s fifth debate. In her reminiscence she recollected the immense crowd and noted that by that point in the campaign Douglas was “hoarse,” but Lincoln’s voice “rang out as clear as a bell.” Fifty years after the debate, Boutelle remembered the experience fondly and hoped to attend the anniversary celebration. (By David Park)

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