St. Louis, Sept. 14. 1858.
I have just been reading an article in the Richmond Enquirer, which will be republished in the Democrat of to-morrow, & which will be sent you--
It strikes me it would be well for you to put another question to Douglas after reading this article-- You will see that the Enquirer chooses to understand Douglas Freeport speech as favoring the passage of a slave code by Congress for the protection of slavery in the territories-- D. of course meant no such thing, & not having seen the dodge of the Enquirer would probably answer promptly that Congress possessed no such power, or that he was opposed to its exercise if it did--
This would effectually use him up with the South & set the whole pro-slavery Democracy against him--
I spoke to a very enthusiastic meeting at Waterloo yesterday, though it was not large-- Our friends in that county are enthusiastic & determined to make the best fight in their power-- The right spirit is up everywhere--
Should you think advisable to put another question to D. founded on the Enquirer's article, some one ought to take down & report his answer so as to have it published--
Head over to Sen. Lyman Trumbull’s . If you are having a problem with a government agency, look for a contact link for casework to submit a request for help. Otherwise, look for a phone number on that website to call his office if you have a question.
Lyman Trumbull was born in Colchester, Connecticut on 12th October, 1813. After attending Bacon Academy he worked as a school teacher in Connecticut (1829-1833).
Shields ran on the regular Democratic ticket. Abraham Lincoln was the Republican. Lyman Trumbull ran as a Free Soil Democrat. Stephen Douglas despised Free Soil Democrats in general and Lyman Trumbull in particular. They were worst than the hated Republican Abolitionists because they were turncoat Democrats and their betrayal threatened the national party. In those days Illinois had indirect election of Senator with each member of the Illinois Legislature having one vote. During the election Lincoln ran well but not quite well enough. Rather than see a regular Democrat elected he turned his vote over to Trumbull who opposed Douglas even more strongly than Lincoln did. Trumbull won. It was a real defeat for Douglas. 02:41, 12 September 2006 (UTC)John Rydberg
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