Recollection by Clarke E. Carr, Stephen A. Douglas, July 9, 1858

    Source citation
    Clark E. Carr, "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates" in John F. Voight, Jr., ed., Annual Report of the Illinois State Bar Association (Springfield: Illinois State Register Book Publishing House, 1907), 138.
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    Dyer, David Patterson
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    Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    In speaking Douglas stood firm upon his feet, moving very little. He was, although so short, dignified and stately. Small as he was he seemed sometimes majestic. Had he been so large in stature, his figure would have been as imposing as was that of Webster. One writer in describing him has said that the expression of his face suggested the infinite.

    His voice was a deep bass and had a great carrying power by which he was able to reach a vast multitude. Each word, distinctly uttered, was projected out from his deep chest as if fired from a Columbiad. He was positive, bold and aggressive, and assertive.

    Lincoln declared that the government must become all free or all slave; therefore Lincoln was sectional and favored a war of extermination. He expected that the government would become all one thing or all the other; therefore he insisted upon uniformity, that the same laws and conditions should rule in every state; therefore he was for the overthrowing of state rights, and of making every community conform to the customs of every other community! Lincoln refused to obey the mandate of the supreme court in the Dred Scott case, therefore Lincoln sought to bring the people into a feeling of contempt for the courts and to break down our system of jurisprudence. Lincoln believed that the sentiment "all men are created equal" was intended to apply to the negro; therefore Lincoln favored negroes above white men, favored amalgamation and miscegenation with the negro.

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