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 Both the Douglas Democrats and the Buchanan Democrats held conventions at Springfield on April 21.
 Lincoln wrote ``the.'' Another hand has changed the word to ``these.''
 Charles L. Wilson, publisher of the Chicago Daily Journal.
 Charles H. Ray, editor of the Chicago Tribune and Republican state chairman, wrote to Washburne, May 2, 1858, explaining that the trouble came out of Wilson's showing a letter of Washburne's to Samuel L. Baker of Chicago, ``. . . a d---d stupid ass, who went to Wentworth who then wrote to Lincoln.'' (DLC-Washburne Papers)