Abraham Lincoln (18091865). Political Debates Between Lincoln and Douglas 1897.
MR. DOUGLAS TO MR. LINCOLN.
BEMENT, PIATT CO., ILL., July 30, 1858.
DEAR SIR:Your letter dated yesterday, accepting my proposition for a joint discussion at one prominent point in each Congressional District, as stated by my previous letter, was received this morning.
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 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 in each successive place.
Hon. S. A. DOUGLAS: Dear Sir,Yours of yesterday, naming places, times and terms, for joint discussion 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.