Stephen Douglas to Abraham Lincoln, July 30, 1858

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    Stephen Douglas to Abraham Lincoln, July 30, 1858, Bement, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress,
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Bement, Piatt Co. Ill.

    July 30th, 1858

    Dear Sir:

    Your letter, dated yesterday, accepting my proposition for a joint discussion at one prominent point in each Congressional district as stated in my previous letter was received this morning.

    The times and places designated are as follows:

    Ottowa [Ottawa], ... LaSalle Co, ... August ... 21st ... 1858

    Freeport, ... Stevenson Co. ... " ... 27th ... "

    Jonesboro', ... Union Co. ... September ... 15 " ... "

    Charleston, ... Coles Co. ... " ... 18 " ... "

    Galesburg, ... Knox Co. ... October ... 7 " ... "

    Quincy, ... Adams Co. ... " ... 13 " ... "

    Alton, ... Madison Co. ... " ... 15 " ... "

    I agree to your suggestion that we shall alternately open and close the discussion. I will speak at Ottowa one hour, you can reply, occupying an hour and a half, and I will then follow for half an hour. At Freeport you shall open the discussion and speak one hour, I will follow for an hour and a half and you can then reply for half an hour. We will alternate in like manner at each successive place.

    Very resp'y,

    Y'r ob't serv't,

    S. A. Douglas

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