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1 Douglas had written a long and carefully prepared article on “Popular Sovereignty in the territories,” which appeared for the first time in the September (1859) number of “Harper's Magazine.” It went back some distance into the history of the government, recounting the proceedings of the earliest Congresses, and sought to mark out more clearly than had heretofore been done “the dividing line between Federal and Local authority.” In a speech at Columbus, O., Lincoln answered the “copy-right essay” categorically. After alluding to the difference of position between himself and Judge Douglas on the doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, he said: “Judge Douglas has had a good deal of trouble with Popular Sovereignty. His explanations, explanatory of explanations explained, are interminable.” The most lengthy and, as I suppose, the most maturely considered of his long series of explanations is his great essay in Harper's Magazine.
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