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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 in my previous letter, was received this morning.

The times and places designated are as follows:

Ottawa, La Salle CountyAugust 21st, 1858.
Freeport, Stephenson CountryAugust 27th, 1858.
Jonesboro, Union CountySeptember 15th, 1858.
Charleston, Coles CountySeptember 18th, 1858.
Galesburgh, Knox CountyOctober 7th, 1858.
Quincy, Adams CountyOctober 13th, 1858.
Alton, Madison CountyOctober 15th, 1858.

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 then 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.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Mr. Lincoln to Mr. Douglas

Springfield, July 31, 1858.
Hon. S. A. Douglas-Dear Sir: Yours of yesterday, naming places, times and terms, for joint discussions 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. Your obedient servant,

A. Lincoln.

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