Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
July 16, 1858

As soon as Judge Douglas retired, loud calls were made for Hon. Abraham Lincoln. Mr. L. held back for a little while, but the crowd finally succeeded in inducing him to come upon the stand. He was received with three rousing cheers---much louder than those given to Judge Douglas. He remarked that he appeared before the audience for the purpose of saying that he would take an early opportunity to give his views to the citizens of this place regarding the matters spoken of in Judge Douglas' speech. ``This meeting,'' said Mr. Lincoln, ``was called by the friends of Judge Douglas, and it would be improper for me to address it.'' Mr. L. then retired amid loud cheering.