Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Stephen A. Douglas [1]

[September 20, 1858]

Understanding that Judge Douglas would speak before dinner, I announced that I would address our friends at Freeland's Grove, at 2. P.M. As he does not begin till 1 o'clock, if he will announce the fact, so that I can understand it, I will postpone to 3. o'clock.

A LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, IHi. Written in pencil, the document bears the following certification: ``We certify that we saw Mr. George Lynn Jr. deliver this paper to Judge Douglas in his room at Sullivan House he stating at the time that he did so at the request of Mr. Lincoln & renewing the request verbally on behalf of Mr. Lincoln that Judge Douglas would make such announcement, to which request Mr. Douglas replied that he would make the announcement as desired, which we heard him do before he commenced his speech. Bushrod W. Henry/ John Gwin/ Cain Knight/ Jno[Z?] Hill/ A M [sic]'' In spite of Lincoln's effort and the co-operation of Douglas in making the announcement, a mob conflict arose between the partisans at Sullivan when the Republican parade marching to the grove passed near the Democratic gathering before Douglas had concluded. Although there are ample reports of the brawl, no report of Lincoln's speech has been found.