The Meeting at Freeport Last Friday.
Tuesday, August 31, 1858.
We find that those who were at Freeport at the discussion between LINCOLN and DOUGLAS disagree in their opinions as to the number of persons present – their estimates range from Seven to Fifteen Thousand. The assemblage was doubtless the largest that has taken place in the District since 1856. Many were there from this county; a train of eighteen passenger cars, filled as full as they could hold, came in from Rockford; this train, with the extra one from here, are supposed to have taken about two thousand to the ground. This may give an idea of the number gathered, who came in from all quarters, in all modes of conveyance easily imagined. The size of the meeting serves to show in some degree the deep feeling which now pervades the public mind in relation the canvas.
As to the political character of those present a large majority were doubtless Republicans, who sympathised of course with Mr. LINCOLN. He appeared on the occasion as usual, the same whole-souled man, the same honest, staunch, far-reaching statesman, the same perfect gentleman in heart and bearing that he has always been. Being on the side of right and humanity, he appealed alone to those feelings that promote in others right and patriotic feelings and actions, and thus he got ready access to the hearts of his hearers, and thus held them while he discoursed to them in earnest and eloquent tones of their own and their country's highest good. No man heard Mr. LINCOLN who did not honor him for his frank integrity, his commanding talents, his high manly purposes, and patriotic heart. He made new friends, and many of them at Freeport, and no enemies. Whether Judge DOUGLAS did the same, we leave to be inferred from the results of the election on the first day of next November.