accomplished his own political downfall.
He was swept entirely away from his former foundation, and even the glory of a subsequent election to the Senate never restored him to it.
During the canvass Mr. Lincoln
, in addition to the seven meetings with Douglas
, filled thirty-one appointments made by the State Central Committee, besides speaking at many other times and places not previously advertised.
In his trips to and fro over the State
, between meetings, he would stop at Springfield
sometimes, to consult with his friends or to post himself up on questions that occurred during the canvass.
He kept me busy hunting up old speeches and gathering facts and statistics at the State library.
I made liberal clippings bearing in any way on the questions of the hour from every newspaper I happened to see, and kept him supplied with them; and on one or two occasions, in answer to letters and telegrams, I sent books forward to him. He had a little leather bound book, fastened in front with a clasp, in which he and I both kept inserting newspaper slips and newspaper comments until the canvass opened.
In arranging for the joint meetings and managing the crowds Douglas
enjoyed one great advantage.
He had been United States Senator
for several years, and had influential friends holding comfortable government offices all over the State
These men were on hand at every meeting, losing no opportunity to applaud lustily all the points Douglas
made and to lionize him in every conceivable way. The ingeniously