Chicago (IL) Times, "The Campaign.--Douglas at Jonesboro," September 17, 1858

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    "The Campaign.--Douglas at Jonesboro," Chicago (IL) Times, September 17, 1858, in Edwin Erie Sparks, ed., The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1908), 260-261.
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    The Campaign.--Douglas at Jonesboro
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    Transcription adapted from The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (1908), edited by Edwin Erle Sparks
    Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Lincoln Douglas Debates of 1858 (1908).


    Lincoln in Egypt.—Lincoln's Friends Enthusiastic—They Give Him Three Cheers Each. Lincoln "Trotted Out." His "Points" Displayed. His Wind Fails Him.—Dougherty Supplies His Place.— The Allies Working Together.—Douglas Triumphs over All!

    On Wednesday, Judge Douglas having been escorted to Jonesboro by two hundred and more of his personal friends, the joint discussion took place at a grove on the edge of the town. Delegations of Democrats from all the counties of lower Illinois were present, with banners and flags of various descriptions. Notwithstanding the fact that thousands of farmers and others were engaged elsewhere, at the State Fair, the attendance was very large. The number may be safely estimated at five thousand persons, in which vast body of men there were probably about sixty Republicans and fifteen Danites. The rest of the crowd were Democrats. In Southern Illinois the supporters of Lincoln and negro equality are in the proportion of twelve to a thousand for Douglas and democracy. While the Danites in Dougherty's own town of Jonesboro do not exceed altogether twenty-five, and in the surrounding counties do not average five to a county. The enthusiasm of the people throughout Middle, Eastern, Western, and Southern Illinois in behalf of Douglas is intense; there is but one sentiment, one feeling, and there is but one purpose, which purpose is to re-elect him to the Senate where he has so ably and vigorously defended the Constitution and the Union, has so long and successfully served Illinois, and has won for himself and the State such imperishable renown.

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