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Saturday, July 10, 1858.+-

Chicago, IL.

In the evening, Lincoln delivers a speech from the Tremont House to an audience that is, "in point of numbers, about three-fourths as large as that of the previous evening, when Douglas held forth; and in point of enthusiasm, about four times as great." Lincoln responds to charges made by Stephen A. Douglas, his opponent in the U. S. Senate race, regarding Lincoln's stance on several issues, including slavery. Lincoln declares, "I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist...I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began. I always believed that everybody was against it, and that it was in course of ultimate extinction...and that such was the belief of the framers of the constitution itself." Lincoln refers to the recent Fourth of July celebration, and he asks the audience, "I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop. If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?" Chicago Daily Press and Tribune (IL), 12 July 1858, 1:2-6; Speech at Chicago, Illinois, 10 July 1858, CW, 2:484-502.