Description[Abraham Lincoln]. Stephen A. Douglas Letter Signed "S.A. Douglas." One page, 6" x 5.5", Chicago, November 10, 1858. Writing just days after his defeat of Republican Abraham Lincoln in the mid-term Senate race, newly re-elected Illinois Senator Douglas writes in response to a congratulatory letter: "Accept my thanks for your kind letter of congratulation upon the recent Democratic triumph in this state. Whatever may be the result in other states the Democracy of Illinois will always be found faithful to the principles and organization of the party. If wise and patriotic counsels . . . prevail the Democracy of the union has a bright future." Folds. Soiling is evident at the left edge. Scattered spots of foxing. Weakness along the folds has been repaired on the verso.
For two and a half months previous to the November election, beginning on August 21, Douglas and Lincoln engaged in a series of seven debates, focused mainly on the topic of slavery. Douglas, for his part, stood firm by the idea of popular sovereignty. Voters in Illinois approved and he was elected to an additional term. Two years later, he was named the Democratic nominee in the 1860 presidential election, though his support of the Freeport Doctrine (popular sovereignty over the Dred Scott decision) two years earlier alienated Southern Democrats who named Vice President John C. Breckinridge as their own candidate. The 1860 election saw him again face off against Abraham Lincoln, the Republican nominee, who went on to win the presidency.
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