Missouri Republican, August 1, 1858. This fragmentary and politically biased report is the only one available which indicates the content of the speech. According to the correspondent of the Republican, Lincoln met Douglas on the way to the railway station as Douglas was leaving following his speech earlier in the afternoon. Having a draft and a final copy of his reply to Douglas' letter of July 24 in his pocket, Lincoln offered to compare them and hand Douglas his reply at once. Upon Douglas' declining to wait, Lincoln retained the letter until he returned to Springfield later that night.
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