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

To Stephen A. Douglas [1]

Hon. S. A. Douglas: Springfield,
Dear Sir July 31. 1858.

Yours of yesterday, naming places, times, and terms, for joint discussions between us, was received this morning. Although, by the terms, as you propose, you take four openings and closes to my three, I accede, and thus close the arrangement. I direct this to you at Hillsboro; and shall try to have both your letter and this, appear in the Journal and Register of Monday morning. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN---

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[1]   ALS, ICHi, and Debates Scrapbook, DLC. Douglas' letter of July 30 (DLC-RTL) is as follows:

Bement, Piatt Co. Ill.

Dear Sir: July 30th, 1858

Your letter, dated yesterday, accepting my proposition for a joint discussion at one prominent point in each Congressional district as stated in my previous letter was received this morning.

Page  532The times and places designated are as follows:

Ottawa, Lasalle Co, August 21st 1858.

Freeport, Stevenson [sic] Co. `` 27th ``

Jonesboro, Union Co. September 15`` ``

Charleston, Coles Co. `` 18`` ``

Galesburg, Knox Co. October 7`` ``

Quincy, Adams Co. `` 13`` ``

Alton, Madison Co. `` 15`` ``

I agree to your suggestion that we shall alternately open and close the discussion. I will speak at Ottawa one hour, you can reply, occupying an hour and a half, and I will then follow for half an hour. At Freeport you shall open the discussion and speak one hour, I will follow for an hour and a half and you can then reply for half an hour. We will alternate in like manner at each successive place. Very resp' Y'r ob't Serv't, S. A. DOUGLAS

Hon. A. Lincoln, Springfield, Ill.