Hand written letter by Abraham Lincoln
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Yours of the 18th. signed as Secretary of the Rep. Club, is received. In the matter of making speeches I am a good [deal] pressed by invitations from almost all quarters; and while I hope to be at Urbana sometime during the canvass I cannot yet say when. Can you not see me at Monticello on the 6th. of Sept.? Douglas and I, for the first time this canvass, crossed swords here yesterday; the fire flew some, and I am glad to know I am yet alive. There was a vast concourse of people---more than could [get] near enough to hear. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN.
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
|Lincoln-Douglas Debates Republican Party Cunningham, Joseph O. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Written in Ottawa, Illinois on August 22, 1858, a day after the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Joseph Cunningham (1830-1917), who moved to Urbana, Ill., in 1853, published the Urbana Union, 1853-58, and was a delegate to the 1856 Republican state convention in Bloomington. He was also a lawyer, county judge, writer on various legal and local subjects, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Industrial University, 1867-73.
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