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Mr. Lincoln's Speech.


July 20, 1858

Friday, July 16, 1858

The Speech of Mr. LINCOLN is all that need be said in reply to that of Mr. DOUGLAS. Indeed, if it had not been answered at all, it might have been well. We have never considered the stump efforts of Mr. D. as so very formidable in their effects as many appear to and have felt perfectly willing, when delivered in this vicinity, to leave them with the common sense of the people to dispose of as it was thought best. When so left, though the footprints might occasionally be seen, the toes were always noticed to be farthest from us, as if scratching to get out of the way. He always contrives on such occasions to take some position or other which is so absurd, that argument would be thrown away in the endeavor to refute it. [Some substances rot and disappear the soonest, giving the least inconvenience if unmolested.] All Republicans who have ever heard him speak here must have noticed this. It appears to us, that some of the misstatements with regard to Mr. LINCOLN'S position and that of the Republican party, dwelt upon at Chicago, were of this character. We invite the attention of readers to the able Speech of Mr. L., which appears entire in the WEEKLY GAZETTE, which will be issued Monday.