John W. Shaffer to Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858

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    John W. Shaffer to Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858, Freeport, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress,
    Author (from)
    Shaffer, John W.
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Freeport Aug 17 1858

    Dear Sir

    Will you please inform me (as soon as you can) at what time and on what train we may Expect you in our Town as we wish to meet you at the Depot State wether you will come from the East or South

    And oblige Yr Cincer Friend

    J W. Shaffer

    Chairman Com.

    P. S. the Douglassites have been making arrangements privately to consume the whole Evening with their Speakers after the Discussion is over, but we hearing of their plans concluded to head them off by anouncing publicly in this Weeks Papers that we expected a number of able Speakers here and among them Lovejoy, to talk to our friends in the Evening and that if any of our democratic friends wished to discuss the points at issue They could have an oppertunity, by this means we will Either make them come up to the work or run

    I will write Mr Lovejoy this Evening and hope he will Come, as it is important that we give them a perfect Cleaning out on that day. Your friends here feel confident that you will use up the little Giant and if Lovejoy comes we can clean out the balance of the Party. I wish you would request Lovejoy to come. I understand they are Expecting Thompson Campbell formerly of this district lately from California to Speak in the Evening.

    Yours in haste

    J. W. S--

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