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Friday, July 16, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL and Bloomington, IL.

From Springfield Lincoln writes Joseph Gillespie, stressing importance of capturing Fillmore vote of 1856. In evening he is in Bloomington listening to Douglas. As soon as Douglas finishes, loud calls go up for Lincoln. After some hesitation he declines to speak. "This meeting," he says, "was called by the friends of Judge Douglas, and it would be improper for me to address it." Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Gillespie, 16 July 1858, CW, 2:503-4; Remarks at Bloomington, Illinois, 16 July 1858, CW, 2:504; Edwin E. Sparks, ed., The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Springfield, IL: 1908), 50.