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Collection Reference Number GLC04812
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1858 
Title Abraham Lincoln to C.W. Michael and William Proctor. Replies concerning Stephen Douglas who he was campaigning against for a Senate seat
Date 2 August 1858
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Proctor, William  Michael, C.W.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Replies concerning Stephen Douglas, "Judge Douglas considers my presence at his appointments as an intrusion; and so I have concluded to not be present at them." States that if they can assure him an audience at Lewistown on the 17th, he will try to be there. Written during his campaign against Stephen A. Douglas for his Senate seat. Note on the verso by a previous owner stating the letter is the property of Mary Laura K. Wright of Canton, Illinois.
Subjects President  Election  Politics  Government and Civics  Congress  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Proctor, William (fl. 1858)  Michael, C.W. (fl. 1858)  
Place written Springfield, Illinois
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Early in the Senate race, Lincoln adopted the strategy of following Douglas on the campaign trial and answering his speeches often on the same day. C. W. Michael and William Proctor suggested that Lincoln follow Douglas to Lewistown on August 16th. Lincoln spoke at Lewistown on August 17th. Under pressure from newspapers, Douglas finally agreed to seven joint debates, the first to be held on August 21st. From Basler 2: 534.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859