By request of party friends Lincoln
was induced to follow after Douglas
and, at the various places where the latter had appointments to speak, reply to him. On the 16th of October they met at Peoria
, where Douglas
enjoyed the advantages of an “open and close.”
made an effective speech, which he wrote out and furnished to the Sangamon Journal
for publication, and which can be found among his public utterances.
His party friends in Springfield
and elsewhere, who had urged him to push after Douglas
till he cried, “enough,” were surprised a few days after the Peoria debate to find him at home, with the information that by an agreement with the latter they were both to return home and speak no more during the campaign.
of his astonishment a few days later to find that his rival, instead of going direct to his home in Chicago
, had stopped at Princeton
and violated his express agreement by making a speech there!
was much displeased at this action of Douglas
, which tended to convince him that the latter was really a man devoid of fixed political morals.
I remember his explanation in our office made to me, William Butler
, William Jayne
, Ben. F. Irwin
, and other friends, to account for his early withdrawal from the stump.
After the Peoria debate Douglas
approached him and flattered him by saying that he was giving him more trouble on the territorial and slavery questions than all the United States Senate, and he therefore proposed to him that both should abandon the field and return to their homes.
could never refuse a